The Hospice Licensed Practical (LPN) is responsible for modeling the Compassus values of Compassion, Integrity, Excellence, Teamwork, and Innovation and for promoting the Compassus philosophy, using the 6 Pillars of success as the foundation. S/he is responsible for upholding the Code of Ethical Conduct and for promoting positive working relationships within the company, among all departments, and all external stakeholders. The Hospice LPN participates in directed care delivery including functional and focused nursing tasks as assigned by the Registered Nurse (RN) and provides ADL and other support as directed. It is his/her responsibility to report observations and to complete all required documentation promptly. The Hospice LPN does not function as a Case Manager but as part of a nursing team that includes a Registered Nurse. The RN may routinely supervise the LPN.Position Specific Responsibilities
Education and/or Experience
- Submits appropriate documentation and paperwork to facilities at the completion of patient visits.
- Submits all required documentation in a timely manner.
- Attends and participates in staff meetings, educational programs and community events, as requested.
- Communicates identified needs and potential solutions to supervisor.
- Completes documentation at the bedside.
- Adheres to standards of nursing practice and maintains knowledge of current clinical practice for terminally ill patients.
- Participates in quality performance improvement projects and clinical record reviews as directed.
- Communicates effectively with RNCM, DCS and physicians (as applicable).
- Provides nursing services as directed by the RN.
- Administers medications, treatments, etc. as directed.
- Gathers clinical data and provides to RN via documentation and communication in order to support comprehensive assessment and plan of care management.
- Attends IDT meetings when able.
- Provides education and reinforcement of teaching related to:
- Care of the patient.
- Disease process.
- Symptom management.
- Medications, including expected effect, side effects, and when to call hospice.
- Wound care.
- The dying process.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- High school diploma or GED required.
- Minimum of one (1) year of full-time experience as an LPN required.
- Experience in skilled nursing, preferably in hospice, home health care, oncology or emergency care highly preferred.
Certifications, Licenses and Registrations
- Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percentage.
- Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from leaders, colleagues, investors, and external parties. Strong written and verbal communications.
- Other Skills and Abilities: Ability to understand, read, write, and speak English. Articulates and embraces hospice philosophy.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
- Active and unencumbered Licensed Practical Nurse or Licensed Vocational Nurse in the state(s) of employment required.
- Current CPR certification required.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a colleague to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the colleague is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; talk and hear. The colleague frequently is required to stand, sit, and reach with hands and arms. The colleague is occasionally required to walk; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. The colleague must frequently lift and/or move more than 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a colleague encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. There will be possible exposure to infectious diseases through working with clinical caregivers. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.
At Compassus, including all Compassus affiliates, diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental to our Pillars of Success. We are committed to creating a fair work environment where our colleagues feel welcomed, highly valued, and respected. As an equal opportunity employer, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
$17.33 - $28.89 / hour