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RN-Palliative Care - OLGMC

Company: Ochsner Health
Location: Lafayette
Posted on: May 15, 2022

Job Description:

This job provides direct patient care to palliative care patients through the palliative care consult service. Participates in the interdisciplinary team to assess and meet the needs of patients and their family with advanced disease and those at the end of life. Provides positive educational experiences to the patient, family, and other healthcare professionals, including physicians and fellow nurses and interacts with patients and family members in a positive, empathetic manner.To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

This job description is a summary of the primary duties and responsibilities of the job and position. It is not intended to be a comprehensive or all-inclusive listing of duties and responsibilities. Contents are subject to change at the company's discretion.
EducationRequired - Registered Nurse Diploma
Preferred - Associate's or Bachelor's Degree in Nursing
Work ExperienceRequired - 5 years of Clinical Nursing experiencePreferred - 1 year of Palliative Care Nursing or Hospice experience
CertificationsRequired - Current RN License in the state of practiceBasic Life Support (BLS) from the American Heart AssociationPreferred - Hospice Palliative Care Nursing certificationKnowledge Skills and Abilities (KSAs)

  • Must have computer skills and dexterity required for data entry and retrieval of patient information.
  • Must be proficient with Windows-style applications, various software packages specific to role and keyboard.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present information clearly and professionally to varying levels of individuals throughout the patient care process.
  • Must be able to work a flexible work schedule (e.g. 24/7, weekend, holiday, on call availability).
  • Must be able to travel throughout and between facilities.
    Job Duties
    • Assesses and modifies the plan of care of palliative care patients as needed.
    • Assesses, explains and coordinates the referral process incorporating ethical principles and professional standards in identifying and advocating for the wishes and preferences of patients and families.
    • Utilizes resources necessary to enhance patient and family quality of life through knowledge and negotiation within the healthcare system.
    • Educates patients and families on palliative care, taking into consideration unique personal characteristics of patients, families, and colleagues.
    • Provides empathetic counsel and outreach to patients and families throughout the plan of care.
    • Adapts behavior to the specific patient population, including but not limited to: respect for privacy, method of introduction to the patient, adapting explanation of services or procedures to be performed, requesting permissions and communication style.
    • Other related duties as required.The above statements describe the general nature and level of work only. They are not an exhaustive list of all required responsibilities, duties, and skills. Other duties may be added, or this description amended at any time.
      Remains knowledgeable on current federal, state and local laws, accreditation standards or regulatory agency requirements that apply to the assigned area of responsibility and ensures compliance with all such laws, regulations and standards.
      This employer maintains and complies with its Compliance & Privacy Program and Standards of Conduct, including the immediate reporting of any known or suspected unethical or questionable behaviors or conduct; patient/employee safety, patient privacy, and/or other compliance-related concerns.
      The employer is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.
      Physical and Environmental Demands
      The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.Medium Work - Exerting 20 to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 10 to 25 pounds of force frequently, and/or greater than negligible up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. (Constantly: activity or condition exists 2/3 or more of the time) to move objects. Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for Sedentary Work. Even though the weight lifted may be only a negligible amount, a job should be rated Light Work: (1) when it requires walking or standing to a significant degree; or (2) when it requires sitting most of the time but entails pushing and/or pulling of arm or leg controls; and/or (3) when the job requires working at a production rate pace entailing the constant pushing and/or pulling of materials even though the weight of those materials is negligible. NOTE: The constant stress and strain of maintaining a production rate pace, especially in an industrial setting, can be and is physically demanding of a worker even though the amount of force exerted is negligible.Duties performed routinely require exposure to blood, body fluid and tissue.
      The incumbent works in a patient care area; works in an area where patients enter; works directly with patients; and/or works with specimens that could contain communicable diseases. The incumbent has an occupational risk for exposure to all communicable diseases.Because the incumbent works within a healthcare setting, there may be occupational risk for exposure to hazardous medications or hazardous waste within the environment through receipt, transport, storage, preparation, dispensing, administration, cleaning and/or disposal of contaminated waste. The risk level of exposure may increase depending on the essential job duties of the role.

Keywords: Ochsner Health, Lafayette , RN-Palliative Care - OLGMC, Healthcare , Lafayette, Louisiana

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