Feb 14, 2020

Registered Nurse (RN) - Hospice Case Manager

  • Virginia Mason Memorial
  • Yakima, WA, USA
Full time

Job Description

We are looking for a Full-Time (1.0FTE) RN, Case Manager to join our Hospice team. We provide a 3-month long preceptor-guided training.

ROLE SUMMARY

The Hospice Case Manager identifies and coordinates care to support terminally ill patients and their families at home, in skilled nursing facilities or at residential care facilities. On average, the Full-Time Hospice Case Manager’s case load will be 14-17 patients. The Hospice Case Manager will determine the frequency of patient/family contacts based on the assessment of need, with a minimum of one visit per week. The Case Manager works closely with the Medical Director or Primary Care physician, while utilizing teaching, assessment, and intervention skills to provide comfort care to maximize the quality of life for the patients and their families.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSBILITIES, include:

1. Assesses home care needs, being aware of the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of care; gathers data on social, economic and cultural factors which may influence health, well-being and quality of life.

2. Provides direct care as prescribed in the Interdisciplinary Plan of Care in order to maintain the highest level of comfort and quality of life and assuming primary responsibility for case management.

3. Authorizes, coordinates and supervises care, as prescribed in the Interdisciplinary Plan of Care, with contracted vendors in order to meet the needs of the patient.

4. Evaluates and performs ongoing assessments; revises initial written Plan of Care in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team weekly or as the needs and conditions of the patient/family change.

5. Supervises and maintains effective communication with other hospice personnel involved with patient care. This may involve formal and informal team meetings in addition to IDT (Inter-Disciplinary Team Meeting).

6. Documents accurate and ongoing assessment of patient status via a variety of mediums of communication (verbal, written, email, computer documents). Documents patient care reflecting nursing interventions, patient response to care, patient needs, problems, capabilities, limitations, and progress toward goals. Documentation includes evidence of appropriate patient/family teaching; the understanding of these instructions is noted in the medical record.

7. Communicates regularly with the patient’s physician, most often the Medical Director, regarding changes in the patient’s Plan of Care.

8. Establishes the Home Health Aide’s Plan of Care; indirectly supervises the HH Aide by asking scripted questions of the family regarding the care received and directly supervised during joint visits.

QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS

Education
: Associate's degree in Nursing required; BSN preferred.

Experience: Previous acute care nursing experience preferred.

Licenses/Certificates/Registration: Washington State (DOH) Registered Nurse licensure required. American Heart Association BLS required. Valid driver's license and proof of automobile insurance required.

Additional requirements: Cell phone for use during working hours; car for travel to and from home visits during shift. Call schedule with weekend rotation.



About Us:

Virginia Mason Memorial (VMM), part of the Virginia Mason Health System, is made up of a 226-bed hospital as well as 20+ primary care and specialty care locations. We are a nonprofit community hospital that has served Central Washington's Yakima Valley for 70 years. We are seeking employees with a passion for patients and customer service!

We offer a comprehensive benefit plan including medical, dental, and vision coverage; plus we have a generous 401K plan (with an employer contribution!), competitive compensation, an employee wellness clinic and continuing education and training. At VMM, we know the best care is provided by employees who are well-supported.

Why do we do what we do? As the region's leading health care provider and Yakima's largest employer, we believe that by inspiring people to thrive, we can transform lives. Our vision is to "create healthy communities one person at a time." With such an important goal, we work together to demonstrate our values of Respect, Accountability, Teamwork, Stewardship, and Innovation for everyone who walks through our doors, patients and coworkers alike. We would love to hear from you!



“Virginia Mason Memorial provides reasonable accommodations to assist qualified individuals in order to perform the essential duties/requirements their job requires. The description is intended to provide only basic guidelines for meeting job requirements and serves as merely a summary rather than a complete listing of duties. Responsibilities, knowledge, skills, abilities, and working conditions may change as needs evolve. This job description does not constitute a contract as employment is at will.”