Home Health Nurse

Registered Nurse, RN


ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Make the initial evaluation visit.
  • Regularly reevaluate the patient's nursing needs and give skilled nursing care to patients utilizing all aspects of the nursing process..
  • Initiate the plan of care and necessary revisions as ordered by the patient’s physician.  Assists in the development of the plan of care.
  • Initiate appropriate preventive and rehabilitative nursing procedures.
  • Prepare clinical notes.
  • Coordinate services.
  • Inform the physician and other appropriate medical personnel of changes in the patient's condition and needs, counsel the patient and family in meeting nursing and related needs, participate in in-service programs, and supervise and teach other nursing personnel.
  • Accept and carry out physician, chiropractor, podiatrist, dentist, and optometrist orders (oral and written).
  • Assist the physician, chiropractor, podiatrist, dentist, or optometrist in evaluating level of function.
  • Direct the activities of the licensed practical nurse.
  • Delegate duties and tasks to licensed practical nurses and other individuals as appropriate.
  • Initiates and applies appropriate preventive, therapeutic, and rehabilitative nursing procedures in accordance with the plan of care.
  • Teaches patient and significant other(s) as appropriate to assist the patient to attain the highest level of independent function possible.
  • Completes a comprehensive assessment as frequently as warranted by change(s) in the patient’s condition but at least every 60 days, and makes recommendations for changes in the plan of care as necessary, under the physician’s direction.  Promptly informs the physician of any change in the patient’s condition which suggests the need to alter the plan of care.
  • Assists the family to accept appropriate institutional means of care when warranted.  Interprets extent and limitations of services available from the Agency.
  • Plans with family and physician for care which is within physical, financial, and emotional resources of the family.
  • Identifies the need for other therapeutic disciplines and initiates appropriate referral after consultation with the Director of Nursing and with the approval of the patient’s physician.
  • Plans for coordinated nursing service with other therapeutic disciplines.
  • As appropriate completes OASIS documents.  Prepares timely, accurate and concise clinical notes and, when indicated, progress notes and summary reports.  Prepares and maintains all clinical record documentation in a manner that demonstrates adherence to Agency policies and procedures and substantiates the Agency’s claim for reimbursement.
  • Participates in interdisciplinary conferences and staff meetings.
  • Maintains awareness of community resources and utilizes them appropriately to meet patients’ needs.
  • Accepts on-call responsibilities on a regular (rotating) basis.
  • Instructs and supervises the Home Health Aide, following Agency policy, to assure that goals for home health aide services are met.  Prepares and updates the home health aide plan of care as often as required.
  • In the event the Agency hires Licensed Practical Nurses, the Home Health Nurse determines when skilled nursing care can be safely provided by the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and provides instruction as needed.  Provides supervision as often as needed but at least monthly supervises the LPN in the patients residence while the LPN is delivering care.
  • Upon request of the Director of Nursing assists in the orientation of new employees.
  • Participates in in-service and continuing education activities to update professional skills and knowledge.
  • Participates as member of the Clinical Record Review Committee and assists with the completion of other activities relative to performance improvement and the evaluation of nursing and home health aide services.

**$2,500 sign-on BONUS after 90 days**

Medical, dental, and vision benefits available. 

Vacation and personal days!


QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Current license to practice as a registered nurse in Indiana.
  • Two (2) years of recent medical-surgical experience in acute or long term care facility, rehabilitation or home health care setting.
  • Current professional liability insurance.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Current CPR certification preferred.

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

  1. Knowledge of nursing process, principles, and procedures.
  2. Ability to work effectively with other members of the health team and patients/significant others with varied socioeconomic backgrounds.
  3. Ability to function effectively during periods of increased work demands.
  4. Ability to function in an independent self-directed manner.

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