Home Health RN / PRN

Location: Pensacola, Florida
Date Posted: 05-04-2017
The Nurse provides primary nursing care to the patients assigned to him/her, including treatments, teaching, psychosocial support & developmental interventions, as well as other duties deemed necessary for the smooth and safe car of patient.
Department:      Home Health
Position Title:    Registered Nurse
Immediate Supervisor:   Director of Professional Services
a.       Health:   Evidence of good physical health
b.       Education and Training:
(1)    Associate Degree in Nursing, or Diploma
(2)    Current, active license to practice in Florida
(3)    Participates in continuing education so that she/he has knowledge of current trends and developments in nursing. Will obtain continuing education required for relicensure.
(4)    IV and venipuncture experience preferred.
(5)    Current CPR certification
c.       Job Knowledge and Capabilities:
(1)    Ability to learn, absorb and apply professional training, follows doctor’s orders, and maintains standards of care.
(2)    Ability to perceive difference in patient behavior and recognize symptoms and the ability to communicate effectively in writing, by telephone, and in personal contacts.
(3)    Ability to organize work procedures, assumes responsibility, and tactfully supervises others.
(4)    Ability to manage LPN’s, CNA/HHAs and serve as a role model. Effectively adheres to Policies & Procedures Manual.
a.       Physical Demands:     
(1)    Must be physically able to lift, position, and assist with transfer of patients.
(2)    Must be able to perform effectively in crisis situations.
b.       Specific Duties and Responsibilities Required:
(1)    Direct Care: Physical assessment; developmental assessment, respiratory treatments; vital signs; enteral and oral feedings; ostomy care; dressings and skin care; proper positioning and orthotics applications; medication administration by all routes; phlebotomy and IV therapy; and any other interventions ordered by a physician that are within the scope of the nursing license.
(2)    Education and Training: Formal and informal teaching directed to patient/family regarding all aspects of the patient’s care, including treatments; equipment use and maintenance; stress reduction; health maintenance; rehabilitation; and any other medical, nursing, psychosocial, or developmental need. The nurse researches topics for which patients desire/need information, creates reference files for future use, and provides families with written materials and models to facilitate teaching.
(3)    Developmental Interventions: Includes proper positioning; therapeutic play appropriate to age level; educational activities as appropriate, implementing the Therapy Care Plan as written by the physiotherapists; and providing a loving and nurturing environment for the child.
(4)    Psychosocial Support:   responsible for the observation of patient/family interactions and family involvement with patient's care; being available to patient's for listening and providing positive support; and making referrals to Social Work or Psychologist as needed.
(5)    Interdisciplinary Team: Attends all appropriate staff meetings and case meetings; knows all consultants and what the scope of their functions is; communicates freely and concisely via verbal or written means to all members of the health care team; knows all community resources.
(6)    Professionalism: Keeps an attractive and professional appearance and adheres to the dress code; communication with others is always polite and not profane; knows and adheres to the Standards for Person-Centered Caring; reads current research and literature related to this field and always strives to update knowledge base; and relates to patients on an intimate but PROFESSIONAL level.
(7)    Policies and Procedures: Knows, reviews and suggests revisions for all Caring Hearts policies and procedures; knows all patient histories and reviews patient protocols of care on a regular basis; knows all emergency procedures, including fire and CPR; is familiar with and knows policies for use of all medical and administrative forms; knows how to use phone, security system and intercoms.
(8)    Environment and Safety: Keeps patient areas clean and free of safety hazards; keeps common areas clean and free of debris; checks equipment regularly for safety problems; is familiar with the safe operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of all equipment knows fire safety codes and how to use the fire alarm, security system and fire extinguishers; separates medical trash for proper disposal as per codes; strictly adheres to all Infection Control Policies and Procedures; documents unusual incidents on the Incident Report Form; ensures the safety of family and other visitors; and protects self from injury and infection while at work.
(9)        Primary Nurse Functions: Assumes a load of primary patients with special responsibility for: Initiation of plan of care in consultation with Physician. Responsible for updates and revisions to protocol of care monthly or more often as needed; continuously supervises patient's progress and family's status to evaluate appropriateness of patient's care plan and makes revisions as necessary; and remains available to patient and  family for consultation at all times.
(10)    Informs physician and other team members of changes in client’s needs or services requested
(11)    Supervises LPN’S providing services to clients as required by policy and state regulations
(12)   Supervises the maintenance of patient records, keeping them complete and accurate.
(13)   Thorough understanding and compliance with the standards for person centered caring.
(14)   Maintains the security of the premises and reports unusual occurrences to proper authority.
(15)   Deals effectively with families and community in order to provide a positive image to the public.
(16)   Performs other duties as assigned.
This organization reserves the right to revise or add to your duties as the need arises. This list may not include all of the job duties you may be asked to perform, but identifies the primary essential functions of your job.
This job description does not constitute nor should it be interpreted to create a written or implied contract of employment.
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