Pathways Hospice and Palliative Care

     

Since 1978, Pathways has served the community with the utmost compassionate care. Originally staffed by volunteers to provide comfort care in the final days of life for just 17 patients, Pathways has expanded astronomically to offer comprehensive hospice care, palliative care and grief and loss support for all, regardless of ability to pay.

Throughout the past 40 years, we have built strong relationships with physicians, facilities, therapists and other members of the medical community to provide the best care possible. We now serve thousands annually, including 1,200 hospice patients, 2,800 palliative care visits and 3,400 community counseling sessions.

Our Vision

Pathways is committed to being northern Colorado’s preferred provider of hospice and palliative care services through excellent patient care in all settings, as well as comprehensive grief support. We educate about end-of-life care, partner with caregivers, remain good financial stewards, grow to meet our community’s needs, and strive to be an employer of choice.

Pathways Hospice and Palliative Care Fort Collins, CO, USA
POSITION SUMMARY: The Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) provides quality nursing care within their scope of practice to promote comfort and dignity for patients in the hospice care setting. Upholds positive public relations with patients, families and facility staff. The Certified Nursing Assistant is able to work with neonates through geriatrics. KEY REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: Reports to the Clinical Manager. Position may receive supervision and delegation from the Registered Nurse (RN). ESSENTIAL DUTIES: Delivers care based on the Plan of Care (POC) established by the RN Case Manager and/or assigned RN. Communicates to Clinical Manager, RN Case Manager or assigned RN regarding their observations and knowledge of patient needs and preferences. Is a part of the Interdisciplinary Team/Group (IDT/IDG) and participates in meetings as assigned. Assists with ambulation, range-of-motion exercises, positioning, turning and transfers according to patient’s abilities, tolerance and preference. Takes and records vital signs, observes changes in patient’s condition or behavior; promptly reports any changes to appropriate licensed nursing personnel. Provides personal care to patients, including bathing, peri-care, shampoo, oral hygiene, denture care, nail care, shaving and assisting with dress. Aides with patient’s toileting needs, including bedpan/urinal use, catheter care, changing briefs, and when delegated and supervised, administers suppositories/enemas. Periodically addresses food and fluid issues by preparing meals, feeding patient and/or offering fluids. Maintains patient’s skin integrity to prevent pressure ulcers, skin tears or other damage by changing incontinent patients, turning, repositioning and applying lotion. Other duties and responsibilities as assigned. CLINICAL CORE COMPETENCIES: Supports the mission and values of hospice and palliative care. Provides patient care (neonates to geriatrics) as determined by the Plan of Care (POC) and in accordance with discipline. Utilizes critical thinking skills, education, mentoring, guidance and interventions to achieve goals of care. Possesses knowledge of patient rights; ensuring an atmosphere which allows for the privacy, dignity and well-being of all patients in a safe and secure environment. Understands the correlation between excellent patient care and the results of Hospice Item Set, CAHPS and other publicly-reported industry and/or accreditation quality benchmark programs. Treats patients, family members and other clients with concern and empathy; respects their confidentiality and communicates in a courteous and respectful manner. Maintains and respects professional and personal boundaries. Adheres to HIPAA regulations, and maintains confidentiality of all patients and families. Performs job duties within the standards of practice framework. Attends team meetings and in-services on a regular basis. Participates in continuing education and professional development courses, to include annual education requirements as assigned to the discipline. Works in a high volume environment with rapidly changing priorities. Provides accurate and timely documentation in Electronic Medical Record (EMR). Uses, clear concise and professional written and verbal communication. Responsible for meeting visit frequency and visits per shift requirements; takes on-call rotation as needed and/or assigned. Possesses knowledge of necessary computer systems including Microsoft Office, Outlook and agency electronic medical records (EMR). Promotes a holistic approach to patient care. Cooperates with all co-workers; demonstrates flexibility to perform other duties as assigned. POSITION QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum Education: High school diploma or equivalent. Minimum Experience: 3-6 months CNA experience (hospice preferred). Required License: Current Colorado CNA license. Valid Colorado driver’s license and proof of auto insurance. CPR certification (for Pathways, The Denver Hospice and Pikes Peak affiliates) PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS : Ability to lift/push/pull minimum of 50 lbs Lifts/positions/ and/or transfers patients Lifts supplies/equipment Prolonged, extensive or considerable standing/walking/sitting Considerable reaching/stooping/bending/kneeling/crouching Manual dexterity and mobility Visual and auditory acuity WORKING CONDITIONS: May be exposed to infections and contagious diseases Regularly exposed to risk of blood borne diseases Occasional exposure to radiation hazards Occasional exposure to unpleasant patient or unit elements (sound, odor, sight, behavior) May perform emergency care Exposure to variety of electro-mechanical hazards Subject to varying and unpredictable situations Able to maintain job performance in emergency or crisis situation
Feb 18, 2020
Pathways Hospice and Palliative Care Fort Collins, CO, USA
POSITION SUMMARY: Provides patient hospice and home health in accordance with applicable scope and standards of practice, keeping within the policies, values and mission of the organization. The LPN participates in Interdisciplinary Team/Group (IDT/IDG) meetings. KEY REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: Reports to Team Leader or Clinical Manager Works closely with RN, nurse manager, primary physician and other IDT members ESSENTIAL DUTIES: Collaborates with RN Case Manager, Charge RN or assigned RN in the coordination of care to ensure Plan of Care (POC) is being followed. Attends IDG/IDT Meetings as assigned. Provides continuous monitoring of patient’s physical, emotional and spiritual care needs. Demonstrates appropriate nursing care, including communicating with attending provider for medications and supplies. Communicates patient and family information, status and level of care to RN, manager, provider and other IDT members. Assists with coordination and successful completion of patient transfers. Educates patients, families, caregivers and community regarding hospice philosophy and palliative treatments. Other duties and responsibilities as assigned. CLINICAL CORE COMPETENCIES: Supports the mission and values of hospice and palliative care. Provides patient care (neonates to geriatrics) as determined by the Plan of Care (POC) and in accordance with discipline. Utilizes critical thinking skills, education, mentoring, guidance and interventions to achieve goals of care. Possesses knowledge of patient rights; ensuring an atmosphere which allows for the privacy, dignity and well-being of all patients in a safe and secure environment. Understands the correlation between excellent patient care and the results of Hospice Item Set, CAHPS and other publicly-reported industry and/or accreditation quality benchmark programs. Treats patients, family members and other clients with concern and empathy; respects their confidentiality and communicates in a courteous and respectful manner. Maintains and respects professional and personal boundaries. Adheres to HIPAA regulations, and maintains confidentiality of all patients and families. Performs job duties within the standards of practice framework. Has proficient nursing skills and pain management knowledge, as well as principles of pharmacology including, medication dosages, calculations, interactions and side effects. Attends team meetings and in-services on a regular basis. Participates in continuing education and professional development courses, to include annual education requirements as assigned to the discipline. Works in a high volume environment with rapidly changing priorities. Understands the importance of providing accurate and timely point-of-care documentation in Electronic Medical Record (EMR). Uses, clear concise and professional written and verbal communication. Responsible for meeting visit frequency and visits per shift requirements; takes on-call rotation as needed and/or assigned. Possesses knowledge of necessary computer systems including Microsoft Office, Outlook and agency electronic medical records (EMR). Promotes a holistic approach to patient care. Cooperates with all co-workers; demonstrates flexibility to perform other duties as assigned. POSITION QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum Education: Graduate of an accredited school of practical nursing. Minimum Experience: 1-2 years of experience in hospice and/or palliative care, medical/surgical, public health, oncology, acute care or home health. Required License: Current Colorado LPN license. Valid Colorado state driver’s license and proof of auto insurance. CPR certification (for Pathways, The Denver Hospice and Pikes Peak affiliates). PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS : Ability to lift/push/pull minimum of 50 lbs. Lifts/positions/ and/or transfers patients Lifts supplies/equipment Prolonged, extensive or considerable standing/walking/sitting Considerable reaching/stooping/bending/kneeling/crouching Manual dexterity and mobility Visual and auditory acuity WORKING CONDITIONS: May be exposed to infections and contagious diseases Regularly exposed to risk of blood borne diseases Occasional exposure to radiation hazards Occasional exposure to unpleasant patient or unit elements (sound, odor, sight, behavior) May perform emergency care Exposure to variety of electro-mechanical hazards Subject to varying and unpredictable situations Able to maintain job performance in emergency or crisis situation
Feb 18, 2020
Pathways Hospice and Palliative Care Fort Collins, CO, USA
POSITION SUMMARY: Provides clinical professional development and education services to staff. Prepares employees for clinical practice and supports employees in acquiring the knowledge and skills to perform superior patient care. Creates and delivers training material to all staff members in a variety of formats including one-on-one and group settings. KEY REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: Reports to the Education Manager or Director of Quality and Education of assigned affiliate. ESSENTIAL DUTIES: Develops learning strategies as assigned by the supervisor and/or the Coordinator of Education. Assists in assessing the clinical training needs of staff. Collaborates with team members in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating patient care delivery, as requested. Applies knowledge of adult learning theory, methods, and techniques to design and develop high quality, effective blended learning solutions, including instructor led, web-based, video, self-study, games, role-plays, instructional infographics, etc. Works with subject matter experts to identify the target audience’s learning needs to design orientation and professional development programs and individual courses; completes audience analyses to determine knowledge, experience, technical skills and expectations. Writes instructional goals and creates content that enables learners to become knowledgeable and proficient. Ensures an experiential-blended learning model that is scalable to meet the needs of the affiliate’s mobile workforce. Creates engaging learning activities and compelling course content that enhances retention and transfer. Utilizes feedback from learners and subject matter experts to continuously improve curriculum. Coordinates and conducts ongoing education programs; delivers education to small and large groups. Creates and develops simulation labs that will professionally develop and educate clinical staff and empower them with the ability to enhance the patient and family experience to the highest level. Mentors/trains clinical nurses ensuring they have complete knowledge of their clinical practice/responsibilities as well as electronic medical records (EMR) and documentation. Incorporates documentation standards in all learning strategies. Conducts comprehensive evaluations of education activities. Serves as a reference and resource for clinical questions and procedures to all clinical staff. Organizes or schedules people/tasks and develops action plans leading to specified goals. Other duties and responsibilities as assigned. CORE COMPETENCIES Supports the mission and values of hospice and palliative care. Demonstrates strong communication skills. Develops and maintains relationships with staff and colleagues to promote and enhance a positive environment. Possesses strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills. Understands the correlation between excellent patient care and the results of Hospice Item Set, CAHPS and other publicly-reported industry and/or accreditation quality benchmark programs. Demonstrates knowledge and commitment to continuous quality improvement principles and practices. Exhibits knowledge about patient care (neonates to geriatrics) as determined by the Plan of Care (POC) and in accordance with each discipline. Utilizes critical thinking skills, education, mentoring, guidance and interventions to achieve goals of care. Possesses knowledge of patient rights; ensuring an atmosphere which allows for the privacy, dignity and well-being of all patients in a safe and secure environment. Meets challenges and changes in the workplace with flexibility, creativity and a positive outlook. Possesses knowledge of hospice and palliative patient and family care as established by federal/state regulations and certification. Displays knowledge of CMS regulatory requirements for hospice and LCD criteria. Demonstrates knowledge of principles of adult learning and group dynamics. Excels under aggressive timelines by working in an organized and detailed manner to meet deadlines. Displays strong analytical and problem-solving skills; able to appropriately prioritize workload independently and in collaboration with the assigned manager. Treats patients, family members and other clients with concern and empathy; respects their confidentiality and communicates in a courteous and respectful manner. Maintains and respects professional and personal boundaries. Adheres to HIPAA regulations, and maintains confidentiality of all patients and families. Performs job duties within the standards of practice framework. Has proficient nursing skills and pain management knowledge, as well as principles of pharmacology including, medication dosages, calculations, interactions and side effects. Understands the importance of providing accurate and timely point-of-care documentation in Electronic Medical Record (EMR). Uses, clear concise and professional written and verbal communication. Attends team meetings and in-services on a regular basis. Participates in continuing education and professional development courses, to include annual education requirements as assigned to their discipline. Possesses knowledge of necessary computer systems including Microsoft Office, Outlook and agency electronic medical records (EMR). Promotes a holistic approach to patient care. POSITION QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree in nursing. CHPN certification preferred. Minimum Experience: Three (3) years nursing experience strongly preferred. Experience in hospice and/or home health nursing preferred. Two (2) years in an education role (i.e., mentor/preceptor, clinical education) preferred. Required License: Current Colorado RN license. Valid Colorado state driver’s license and proof of auto insurance. CPR certification (for Pathways, The Denver Hospice and Pikes Peak affiliates). PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS : Ability to lift/push/pull minimum of 50 lbs. Lifts/positions/ and/or transfers patients Lifts supplies/equipment Prolonged, extensive or considerable standing/walking/sitting Considerable reaching/stooping/bending/kneeling/crouching Manual dexterity and mobility Visual and auditory acuity WORKING CONDITIONS: May be exposed to infections and contagious diseases Regularly exposed to risk of blood borne diseases Occasional exposure to radiation hazards Occasional exposure to unpleasant patient or unit elements (sound, odor, sight, behavior) May perform emergency care Exposure to variety of electro-mechanical hazards Subject to varying and unpredictable situations
Feb 18, 2020
Pathways Hospice and Palliative Care Fort Collins, CO, USA
POSITION SUMMARY: Provides clinical psychosocial support to patient and family/caregiver in accordance with patient preferences, goals, and needs. The position works collaboratively with the Interdisciplinary Team/Group (IDT/IDG) as well as with facilities and agencies in the community. KEY REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: Reports to the Clinical Manager or Director of Clinical Services. ESSENTIAL DUTIES: Completes initial and on-going psychosocial and bereavement assessment of patient and family/caregiver to include the patient’s history, ethnic background, cultural and religious beliefs and the implications for the Plan of Care (POC). Establishes goals based on assessment and mutual agreement with patient and family/caregiver. Serves as an additional primary contact for IDG/IDT collaboration and advocate for patient/family and other providers. Identifies potential bereavement resources for patient and family/caregivers to assist in coping with loss, aging and death. Assesses and assists patients with advanced directives and care planning. Evaluates patient/family psychosocial needs and individual/family counseling as part of the Plan of Care (POC). Delivers appropriate referrals to community resources such as financial assistance, legal aid, housing and/or education. Communicates risk indicators to bereavement services as appropriate. Assists RN Case Manager with development of a comprehensive transfer and/or discharge plan in collaboration with patient, family, staff and referral agencies. Utilizes knowledge of disease processes; skilled in assessing impact on patient and family dynamics and psychosocial wellbeing. Other duties and responsibilities as assigned. CORE COMPETENCIES: Supports the mission and values of hospice and palliative care. Provides patient care (neonates to geriatrics) as determined by the Plan of Care (POC) and in accordance with discipline. Utilizes critical thinking skills, education, mentoring, guidance and interventions to achieve goals of care. Possesses knowledge of patient rights; ensuring an atmosphere which allows for the privacy, dignity and well-being of all patients in a safe and secure environment. Understands the correlation between excellent patient care and the results of Hospice Item Set, CAHPS and other publicly-reported industry and/or accreditation quality benchmark programs. Treats patients, family members and other clients with concern and empathy; respects their confidentiality and communicates in a courteous and respectful manner. Maintains and respects professional and personal boundaries. Adheres to HIPAA regulations and maintains confidentiality of all patients and families. Meets National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Standards for Palliative & End of Life Care. Follows NASW Code of Ethics. Works independently with minimum direction, anticipates and organizes workflow, prioritizes and follows through on responsibilities. Attends team meetings and in-services on a regular basis. Participates in continuing education and professional development courses, to include annual education requirements as assigned to the discipline. Works in a high volume environment with rapidly changing priorities. Understands the importance of providing accurate and timely point-of-care documentation in Electronic Medical Record (EMR). Uses, clear concise and professional written and verbal communication. Responsible for meeting visit frequency, case load and/or visits per shift requirements; takes on-call rotation as needed and/or assigned. Possesses knowledge of necessary computer systems including Microsoft Office, Outlook and agency electronic medical records (EMR). Promotes a holistic approach to patient care. Cooperates with all co-workers; demonstrates flexibility to perform other duties as assigned. POSITION QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum Education: Master’s degree in social work from an accredited school of Social Work. Minimum Experience: One (1) year of social work experience in a health care setting. Required License: Current Colorado Social Worker license (LSW or LCSW) preferred. MSW must be willing to work towards licensure. Valid Colorado state driver’s license and proof of auto insurance. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS : Ability to lift/push/pull minimum of 30 lbs. Prolonged, extensive, or considerable standing/walking/sitting Manual dexterity and mobility Visual and auditory acuity. WORKING CONDITIONS: May be exposed to infections and contagious diseases Occasional exposure to radiation hazards Occasional exposure to unpleasant patient or unit elements (sound, odor, sight, behavior) Exposure to variety of electro-mechanical hazards Subject to varying and unpredictable situations Able to maintain job performance in emergency or crisis situation
Feb 18, 2020
Pathways Hospice and Palliative Care Fort Collins, CO, USA
POSITION SUMMARY: Provides patient hospice and home health in accordance with applicable scope and standards of practice, keeping within the policies, values and mission of the organization. The LPN participates in Interdisciplinary Team/Group (IDT/IDG) meetings. KEY REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: Reports to Team Leader or Clinical Manager Works closely with RN, nurse manager, primary physician and other IDT members ESSENTIAL DUTIES: Collaborates with RN Case Manager, Charge RN or assigned RN in the coordination of care to ensure Plan of Care (POC) is being followed. Attends IDG/IDT Meetings as assigned. Provides continuous monitoring of patient’s physical, emotional and spiritual care needs. Demonstrates appropriate nursing care, including communicating with attending provider for medications and supplies. Communicates patient and family information, status and level of care to RN, manager, provider and other IDT members. Assists with coordination and successful completion of patient transfers. Educates patients, families, caregivers and community regarding hospice philosophy and palliative treatments. Other duties and responsibilities as assigned. CLINICAL CORE COMPETENCIES: Supports the mission and values of hospice and palliative care. Provides patient care (neonates to geriatrics) as determined by the Plan of Care (POC) and in accordance with discipline. Utilizes critical thinking skills, education, mentoring, guidance and interventions to achieve goals of care. Possesses knowledge of patient rights; ensuring an atmosphere which allows for the privacy, dignity and well-being of all patients in a safe and secure environment. Understands the correlation between excellent patient care and the results of Hospice Item Set, CAHPS and other publicly-reported industry and/or accreditation quality benchmark programs. Treats patients, family members and other clients with concern and empathy; respects their confidentiality and communicates in a courteous and respectful manner. Maintains and respects professional and personal boundaries. Adheres to HIPAA regulations, and maintains confidentiality of all patients and families. Performs job duties within the standards of practice framework. Has proficient nursing skills and pain management knowledge, as well as principles of pharmacology including, medication dosages, calculations, interactions and side effects. Attends team meetings and in-services on a regular basis. Participates in continuing education and professional development courses, to include annual education requirements as assigned to the discipline. Works in a high volume environment with rapidly changing priorities. Understands the importance of providing accurate and timely point-of-care documentation in Electronic Medical Record (EMR). Uses, clear concise and professional written and verbal communication. Responsible for meeting visit frequency and visits per shift requirements; takes on-call rotation as needed and/or assigned. Possesses knowledge of necessary computer systems including Microsoft Office, Outlook and agency electronic medical records (EMR). Promotes a holistic approach to patient care. Cooperates with all co-workers; demonstrates flexibility to perform other duties as assigned. POSITION QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum Education: Graduate of an accredited school of practical nursing. Minimum Experience: 1-2 years of experience in hospice and/or palliative care, medical/surgical, public health, oncology, acute care or home health. Required License: Current Colorado LPN license. Valid Colorado state driver’s license and proof of auto insurance. CPR certification (for Pathways, The Denver Hospice and Pikes Peak affiliates). PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS : Ability to lift/push/pull minimum of 50 lbs. Lifts/positions/ and/or transfers patients Lifts supplies/equipment Prolonged, extensive or considerable standing/walking/sitting Considerable reaching/stooping/bending/kneeling/crouching Manual dexterity and mobility Visual and auditory acuity WORKING CONDITIONS: May be exposed to infections and contagious diseases Regularly exposed to risk of blood borne diseases Occasional exposure to radiation hazards Occasional exposure to unpleasant patient or unit elements (sound, odor, sight, behavior) May perform emergency care Exposure to variety of electro-mechanical hazards Subject to varying and unpredictable situations Able to maintain job performance in emergency or crisis situation
Feb 18, 2020
Pathways Hospice and Palliative Care Fort Collins, CO, USA
POSITION SUMMARY: The Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) provides quality nursing care within their scope of practice to promote comfort and dignity for patients in the hospice care setting. Upholds positive public relations with patients, families and facility staff. The Certified Nursing Assistant is able to work with neonates through geriatrics. KEY REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: Reports to the Clinical Manager. Position may receive supervision and delegation from the Registered Nurse (RN). ESSENTIAL DUTIES: Delivers care based on the Plan of Care (POC) established by the RN Case Manager and/or assigned RN. Communicates to Clinical Manager, RN Case Manager or assigned RN regarding their observations and knowledge of patient needs and preferences. Is a part of the Interdisciplinary Team/Group (IDT/IDG) and participates in meetings as assigned. Assists with ambulation, range-of-motion exercises, positioning, turning and transfers according to patient’s abilities, tolerance and preference. Takes and records vital signs, observes changes in patient’s condition or behavior; promptly reports any changes to appropriate licensed nursing personnel. Provides personal care to patients, including bathing, peri-care, shampoo, oral hygiene, denture care, nail care, shaving and assisting with dress. Aides with patient’s toileting needs, including bedpan/urinal use, catheter care, changing briefs, and when delegated and supervised, administers suppositories/enemas. Periodically addresses food and fluid issues by preparing meals, feeding patient and/or offering fluids. Maintains patient’s skin integrity to prevent pressure ulcers, skin tears or other damage by changing incontinent patients, turning, repositioning and applying lotion. Other duties and responsibilities as assigned. CLINICAL CORE COMPETENCIES: Supports the mission and values of hospice and palliative care. Provides patient care (neonates to geriatrics) as determined by the Plan of Care (POC) and in accordance with discipline. Utilizes critical thinking skills, education, mentoring, guidance and interventions to achieve goals of care. Possesses knowledge of patient rights; ensuring an atmosphere which allows for the privacy, dignity and well-being of all patients in a safe and secure environment. Understands the correlation between excellent patient care and the results of Hospice Item Set, CAHPS and other publicly-reported industry and/or accreditation quality benchmark programs. Treats patients, family members and other clients with concern and empathy; respects their confidentiality and communicates in a courteous and respectful manner. Maintains and respects professional and personal boundaries. Adheres to HIPAA regulations, and maintains confidentiality of all patients and families. Performs job duties within the standards of practice framework. Attends team meetings and in-services on a regular basis. Participates in continuing education and professional development courses, to include annual education requirements as assigned to the discipline. Works in a high volume environment with rapidly changing priorities Provides accurate and timely documentation in Electronic Medical Record (EMR). Uses, clear concise and professional written and verbal communication. Responsible for meeting visit frequency and visits per shift requirements; takes on-call rotation as needed and/or assigned. Possesses knowledge of necessary computer systems including Microsoft Office, Outlook and agency electronic medical records (EMR). Promotes a holistic approach to patient care. Cooperates with all co-workers; demonstrates flexibility to perform other duties as assigned. POSITION QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum Education: High school diploma or equivalent. Minimum Experience: 3-6 months CNA experience (hospice preferred). Required License: Current Colorado CNA license. Valid Colorado driver’s license and proof of auto insurance. CPR certification (for Pathways, The Denver Hospice and Pikes Peak affiliates) PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS : Ability to lift/push/pull minimum of 50 lbs Lifts/positions/ and/or transfers patients Lifts supplies/equipment Prolonged, extensive or considerable standing/walking/sitting Considerable reaching/stooping/bending/kneeling/crouching Manual dexterity and mobility Visual and auditory acuity WORKING CONDITIONS: May be exposed to infections and contagious diseases Regularly exposed to risk of blood borne diseases Occasional exposure to radiation hazards Occasional exposure to unpleasant patient or unit elements (sound, odor, sight, behavior) May perform emergency care Exposure to variety of electro-mechanical hazards Subject to varying and unpredictable situations Able to maintain job performance in emergency or crisis situation
Feb 18, 2020
Pathways Hospice and Palliative Care Fort Collins, CO, USA
POSITION SUMMARY: Provides patient care using nursing skills and processes in accordance with applicable scope and standards of practice, keeping within the policies, values and mission of the organization. The RN is a member of the Interdisciplinary Team/Group (IDT/IDG). KEY REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: Reports to the Clinical Manager or Director of Clinical Services. ESSENTIAL DUTIES: Provides skilled nursing coordination of care to patients (neonates to geriatrics) as determined by the Plan of Care (POC). Uses education, mentoring, guidance and interventions to achieve goals of care. Collaborates across disciplines to coordinate patient care; participates in the POC in IDT/IDG meetings as assigned. Demonstrates appropriate nursing care, including communicating with attending provider for medications and supplies. Educates patients, families, caregivers and community regarding hospice philosophy and palliative treatments. Supervises Certified Nurse Aides (CNA); delegates specific tasks per agency policy. Participates in related services, such as community education, team training, staff/board committees and orientation of employees. Other duties and responsibilities as assigned. If assigned to outpatient: Meets all the essential duties assigned to RNs Adapts care to meet the needs of patients at their place of residence including, but not limited to, the patients’ home, long-term care or assisted living facilities. Completes initial nursing assessment and provides ongoing comprehensive nursing care through medication, treatment, intervention and evaluation. Develops and maintains professional business relationships with facilities by providing excellent customer service to the patient, as well as the facility staff. CLINICAL CORE COMPETENCIES: Supports the mission and values of hospice and palliative care. Provides patient care (neonates to geriatrics) as determined by the Plan of Care (POC) and in accordance with discipline. Utilizes critical thinking skills, education, mentoring, guidance and interventions to achieve goals of care. Possesses knowledge of patient rights; ensuring an atmosphere which allows for the privacy, dignity and well-being of all patients in a safe and secure environment. Understands the correlation between excellent patient care and the results of Hospice Item Set, CAHPS and other publicly-reported industry and/or accreditation quality benchmark programs. Treats patients, family members and other clients with concern and empathy; respects their confidentiality and communicates in a courteous and respectful manner. Maintains and respects professional and personal boundaries. Adheres to HIPAA regulations, and maintains confidentiality of all patients and families. Performs job duties within the standards of practice framework. Has proficient nursing skills and pain management knowledge, as well as principles of pharmacology including, medication dosages, calculations, interactions and side effects. Works independently with minimum direction, anticipates and organizes workflow, prioritizes and follows through on responsibilities. Attends team meetings and in-services on a regular basis. Participates in continuing education and professional development courses, to include annual education requirements as assigned to the discipline. Works in a high volume environment with rapidly changing priorities. Understands the importance of providing accurate and timely point-of-care documentation in Electronic Medical Record (EMR). Uses, clear concise and professional written and verbal communication. Responsible for meeting visit frequency, case load and/or visits per shift requirements; takes on-call rotation as needed and/or assigned. Possesses knowledge of necessary computer systems including Microsoft Office, Outlook and agency electronic medical records (EMR). Promotes a holistic approach to patient care. Cooperates with all co-workers; demonstrates flexibility to perform other duties as assigned. POSITION QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum Education: Graduate of an accredited school of nursing; BSN preferred. Minimum Experience: 1-2 years of experience in hospice and/or palliative care, medical/surgical, public health, oncology, acute care or home health. Required License: Current Colorado RN license. Valid Colorado state driver’s license and proof of auto insurance. CPR certification (for Pathways, The Denver Hospice and Pikes Peak affiliates). PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS : Ability to lift/push/pull minimum of 50 lbs. Lifts/positions/ and/or transfers patients Lifts supplies/equipment Prolonged, extensive or considerable standing/walking/sitting Considerable reaching/stooping/bending/kneeling/crouching Manual dexterity and mobility Visual and auditory acuity WORKING CONDITIONS: May be exposed to infections and contagious diseases Regularly exposed to risk of blood borne diseases Occasional exposure to radiation hazards Occasional exposure to unpleasant patient or unit elements (sound, odor, sight, behavior) May perform emergency care Exposure to variety of electro-mechanical hazards Subject to varying and unpredictable situations Able to maintain job performance in emergency or crisis situation
Feb 18, 2020