Under the supervision of the Clinical Manager, the Team Nurse is responsible for the delivery of appropriate, adequate, effective, efficient direct patient care services assigned by the Primary Care Clinician and approved by the Clinical Manager. Responsibilities include implementation of the physician plan of care, obtaining physician orders, supervision of home health aides, and coordination of care within an interdisciplinary team and participating in effective utilization management and control of patient supplies. Consistently provides care based on the age-related needs of the unique population with consideration of their development/psychosocial needs, environmental safety, educational needs, communication style, and level of understanding. The Team Nurse is accountable to the Primary Care Clinician for ensuring that the plan of care is implemented following professional standards of care and agency specific protocols.
Associate's- RN Garduate from accredited curriculum required.
Bachelor's- Nursing or health related field preferred.
Licensures and Certification
Registered Nurse - State Licensure - RN - required
Basic Life Support Certification, BLS - required
Driver License, Valid and in State - DL NUMBER - required
Automobile Insurance - required
Must have reliable transportation
Minimum of one year of experience in an acute care setting - required
Direct patient care experience within the past five years - required
One year of experience in a Home Health or Hospice position - preferred
Skills and Knowledge
Productivity standards – ability to meet productivity expectations (3-6 pt. visits per day, depending on visit type and needs).
Understanding of palliative care for the terminally ill patient
Basic understanding of home care services, clinical standards of care and practice, Title XXII, Medicare Conditions of Participation, CHAP home health accreditation requirements, QI outcomes/benchmarking, infection control; good understanding of reimbursement patterns for Medicare and other payors; good working understanding of budget and other financial reports.
Ability to communicate with patients and significant others in an effective, mature, caring manner.
Must be able to handle sensitive issues, conflict with or among others, respectively direct and reinforce staff efforts; effectively plan and organize and prioritize work, think critically to both effectively plan and organize department operations consistent with Sutter VNA and Home Health's strategic and operating objectives and to effectively solve unique problems as they arise or identify when to consult supervisor.
Ability to be aware of surroundings and respond to emergency and/or urgent events.
Participation in a training program for Home Health volunteers or coursework in death and dying/Home Health care is preferred.
Exhibits excellent oral and written communication skills: with legible handwriting for documentation of patient records in a clear and concise manner.
Maintain a positive and professional image and demonstrate self-directed learning to meet professional development and/or license requirements.