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Registered Nurse

Company: VNA Health
Location: Ventura
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Job Description Summary

The Registered Nurse (RN) provides hospice care and is experienced in nursing, with emphasis on community health education/experience. The professional nurse builds from the resources of the community to plan and direct services to meet the needs of individual and families within their homes and communities. The RN respects and promotes the mission, values and vision of VNA Health.

Essential Job Functions/Responsibilities

Patient Care

  1. Responsible for providing comprehensive care to hospice patients.
  2. Completes an initial assessment of patient and family to determine hospice needs. Provides a complete physical assessment and history of current and previous illness(es). Admits to appropriate level of service/ care.
  3. Provides professional nursing care by utilizing all elements of nursing process.
  4. Assesses and evaluates patients status by:
    1. Writing and initiating plan of care
    2. Regularly re-evaluating patient and family/caregiver needs
    3. Revising the plan of care as necessary
  5. Uses health assessment data to determine nursing diagnosis.
  6. Develops a care plan that establishes goals, based on nursing diagnosis and incorporates palliative nursing actions. Includes the patient and the family in the planning process.
  7. Initiates appropriate preventive and rehabilitative nursing procedures. Administers medications and treatments as prescribed by the physician in the physicians plan of care.
  8. Counsels the patient and family in meeting nursing and related needs.
  9. Provides health care instructions to the patient as appropriate per assessment and plan.
  10. Assists the patient with the activities of daily living and facilitates the patients efforts toward self-sufficiency and optional comfort care.
  11. Has working knowledge of state, federal, local and accreditation regulations for the delivery of hospice services.


  1. Completes, maintains and submits accurate and relevant clinical notes regarding patients condition and care given. Records pain/symptom management changes/outcomes as appropriate.
  2. Communicates with the physician regarding the patients needs and reports changes in the patients condition; obtains/receives physicians orders as required.
  3. Communicates with community health related persons to coordinate the care plan.
  4. Teaches the patient and family/caregiver self-care techniques as appropriate. Provides medication, diet and other instructions as ordered by the physician and recognizes and utilizes opportunities for health counseling with patients and families/caregivers. Works in concert with the other hospice Interdisciplinary Team Members.
  5. Provides and maintains a safe environment for the patient.
  6. Assists the patient and family/caregiver and other team members in providing continuity of care.
  7. Works in cooperation with the family/caregiver and hospice Interdisciplinary Team Members to meet the emotional needs of the patient and family/caregiver.

Additional Duties

  1. Participates in on-call duties as defined by the on-call policy.
  2. Ensures that arrangements for equipment and other necessary items and services
    are available.
  3. Supervises ancillary personnel and delegates responsibilities when required.
  4. Assumes responsibility for personal growth and development and maintains and upgrades professional knowledge and practice skills through attendance and participation in continuing education and inservice classes.
  5. Fulfills the obligation of requested and/or accepted case assignments.
  6. Actively participates in quality management program.
  7. Meets daily average productivity standard set by the organization.

The above statements are only meant to be a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job. The incumbents may be requested to perform job related tasks other than those stated in this description. All clinical staff are expected to participate as needed in variable shifts, including weekend rotation per staffing needs and departmental holiday rotation.

Position Qualifications

  1. Current and active California RN license.
  2. Bachelors degree, preferred.
  3. Minimum one year acute care experience required.
  4. One year recent hospice experience preferred.
  5. Current CPR certification.
  6. Licensed driver with insured automobile - in accordance with state and/or organization requirements.
  7. Excellent observation, verbal and written communication skills, problem solving skills, basic math skills; nursing skills per competency checklist.
  8. Ability to respond independently to life threatening situations.
  9. Ability to reason, deduce and carry out complex multiple step processes.
  10. Bilingual Spanish preferred, but not necessary.


  1. Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  2. Ability to push/pull 50 lbs.
  3. Ability to stoop, bend, and squat.
  4. Ability to walk up one flight of stairs.
  5. Ability to walk one mile.
  6. Ability to sit for one hour, minimum.
  7. Visual and audio acuity.

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Keywords: VNA Health, Ventura , Registered Nurse, Other , Ventura, California

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