Hospice Aides provide personal care to hospice patients according to the patients plan of care.
* Must be a State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) or able to obtain within first 90 days of employment. * 6 months of work experience in a home health agency, hospital, and/or long-term care facility or is actively enrolled in an accredited LPN/RN school of nursing with evidence of clinical skills training. * Has working experience charting in an EMR system, Cerner system preferred. * High school graduate or equivalent. * Demonstrates ability to read, write and follow direction and instruction. * Has the physical ability necessary for extensive standing, lifting, and pushing. * Demonstrates interest and empathy for the terminally ill and is comfortable with issues of death and dying. * Possesses strong communication skills and the ability to interact positively and professionally with patients, families and other co-workers. * Possesses a valid drivers license with an automobile in good working order that is insured according to agency requirements.
ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
* Provides basic personal care to patients as delegated by the RN and included on the Hospice Aide plan of care. * Meets safety needs of patients and uses equipment safely and appropriately. * Assists patients at meal times including but not limited to meal preparation and feeding as assigned and defined by the Hospice Aide plan of care. * Provides basic skin care to prevent breakdown of tissue over bony prominence and reports observations to the RN. * Observes patients conditions/symptoms and reports observations to the RN. * Assists in ambulation and exercise as delegated by the RN and included on the Hospice Aide plan of care. * Assists with bedpans, urinals, colostomy care, and catheter care. * Assists with personal laundry and light housekeeping related to the patient care area. * Provides emotional support to patient and family. * Accurately and thoroughly documents care provided according to agency standards. * Responsible for learning and utilizing technology made available by the agency to increase efficiency, communication and performance of duties. * Attends staff meetings and completes all mandatory training. * Holds in strictest confidence all patient information and discloses information and data only to persons authorized by Hospice. * Performs other duties as assigned.
Hospice Aides will not function in any manner viewed as the practice of nursing according to the Ohio and Michigan Nurse Practice Act. Hospice Aides will not administer medications, take physician orders, or perform procedures requiring training, knowledge and skill of a licensed nurse, specifically sterile procedures.
Hospice Aides may have exposure to infectious diseases. Hospice Aides in homecare will drive to patient homes and facilities in various weather conditions and will be subject to day and/or night-time travel.
* Hospice Aides hired by HNWO are required to show proof of completion of the 75 hours of training required by the Medicare Conditions of Participation by being listed as active on the Nurse Aide state registry. * All nursing students hired by HNWO are required to show proof of current and ongoing enrollment in an accredited school of nursing and must show evidence of successful completion of first year clinical skills training and competence. * If an individual has not been employed as a home health aide for a continuous period of 24 months since completing a Nurse Aide training program, then the individual is not considered to have completed either training and competency program or a competency evaluation program. * Upon hire, Hospice Aides will accrue education credits on a prorated basis for the first calendar year of hire. Thereafter, Hospice Aides are required to attend 12 hours of in-service education each calendar year. If a Hospice Aide has not attended 12 hours of in-service education by the end of the year, they will be suspended until the 12 hours of in-service education is completed. Costs associated with the attendance of programs to make up hours will not be paid by Hospice. Hospice Aides not meeting the 12 hours in-service requirement may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination.