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Per Diem Hospice RN - Lehighton Area

St. Luke's is proud of the skills, experience and compassion of its employees. The employees of St. Luke's are our most valuable asset! Individually and together, our employees are dedicated to satisfying the mission of our organization which is an unwavering commitment to excellence as we care for the sick and injured; educate physicians, nurses and other health care providers; and improve access to care in the communities we serve, regardless of a patient's ability to pay for health care.

Renders professional nursing services to patient and families assigned, and demonstrates the
ability to assess, to plan, to evaluate and to implement nursing care with attention to the special
needs of the agency. Works in accordance with the Team's Plan of Care and written agency
programs and policies.

The intent of this job description is to provide a summary of the major duties and responsibilities
of this position and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements
that may be inherent in the position.

1. Determines eligibility for admission; obtains financial and statistical data; formulates
initial care plan according to the patient's condition.
2. Collaborates with members of the interdisciplinary team to assure appropriate care
3. Communicates with the patient's physician and/or hospice Medical Director, both orally
and in writing as required by the patient's condition and agency policy.
4. Cooperates with the Volunteer Coordinator and is available to hospice volunteers for
counsel, advice and training when dealing with the patients and families.
5. Assumes general personal responsibility to keep informed of current changes and trends
affecting Hospice care and professional nursing functions.
6. Participates in the bereavement program and supervises volunteers in providing
bereavement care.
7. Carries primary responsibility for providing comprehensive nursing care, health teaching,
guidance and supervision to the individual and family. Considers psychosocial,
environmental, spiritual and financial needs.
8. Supervises patient care given by LPNs and/or HHAs.
9. Maintains and uses patient clinical records, reports and other written communications
according to agency policy and directives. Documentation is timely, accurate and clearly
outlines the goals and plans with emphasis on the family oriented approach to patient
care. Records reflect contact with physicians and other agencies needed.
10. Collaborates with the interdisciplinary team to develop, implement, and evaluate
appropriate bereavement plans of care for families/significant others.
11. Participates in the development and operation of the agency by:
a. Keeping administration informed on changing community needs and lack of
community resources.
b. Participating in the orientation and guidance of new staff.
c. Interpreting agency service to families and community groups.
d. Contributing to evaluation of service programs.
e. Evaluating effectiveness of his/her own service and contributing to the evaluation
of and continuing development of staff members.
f. Participating in the development of inservice programs and group teaching for
staff and other groups, as assigned.
12. Maintains confidentiality of all materials handled within the Network/ Entity as well as
the proper release of information
13. Complies with Network and departmental policies regarding issues of employee, patient
and environmental safety and follows appropriate reporting requirements.
14. Demonstrates/models the Network’s Service Excellence Standards of Performance in
interactions with all customers (internal and external).
15. Demonstrates Performance Improvement in the following areas as appropriate: Clinical
Care/Outcomes, Customer/Service Improvement, Operational System/Process, and
16. Demonstrates financial responsibility and accountability through the effective and
efficient use of resources in daily procedures, processes and practices.
17. Complies with Network and departmental policies regarding attendance and dress code.
18. Demonstrates competency in the assessment, range of treatment, knowledge of growth
and development and communication appropriate to the age of the patient treated.

1. Comprehensive knowledge of professional nursing theory and ability to apply it to the
community health setting.
2. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, to patients, families,
physicians and related persons.
3. Ability to instruct nonprofessionals in the care and treatment of the physically and
emotionally ill.
4. Ability to prepare neat, timely, accurate and concise records and reports.
5. Ability to accept and to utilize supervision.
6. Ability to exercise tact, initiative and good judgment in dealing with people.
7. Knowledge of the use of community resources.
8. Interest in keeping abreast of trends and developments in nursing practice.
9. Knowledge of and ability to apply Hospice care principles.
10. Knowledge of principles of social service and counseling especially as they relate to
death and dying.

Physical Demands:
Heavy Work
Exertional activity
1. Occasionally lift and/or carry 100 lbs
2. Frequently lift and/or carry 50 lbs
3. Stand and/or walk at least 6 hours in an 8-hour work day
Nonexertional activity
1. Stooping (bending at the waist) and crouching (stooping and bending at the knees) –
required frequently
2. Handling (grasping) – required frequently
3. Fingering (fine manipulation) – required only occasionally
Important: The functional capacity to perform heavy work includes the functional capacity to
perform medium, light and sedentary work.
Good physical and mental health.
Neat, clean, free from body odors, conforms to the uniform code.
Constant standing, walking, turning, stooping, bending, climbing, stretching and lifting in
the provision of nursing care
Visual and auditory acuity required to provide comprehensive nursing care.
Finger and hand dexterity necessary to handle delicate instruments and other equipment
Environmental Conditions:
Inside – Office environment and patient homes
Outside - Traveling to clinics and/or office errands in extreme cold and heat, wet and/or humid conditions, snow, ice and/or fog
Hazards - Exposure to contagious disease, road and driving, domestic pets

Identified Risks, None Identified and/or Fit Tested Statement Which States That:
Employees who work in patient care areas where they may have potential exposure to
patients with suspected or proven tuberculosis (TB) must have the ability to wear a
particulate respirator and be fit-tested in compliance with the current recommendations
from the CDC (enforced by OSHA) or must provide physician documentation as to the
inability to wear a particulate respirator.

Variable situations in operations of home-based hospice, multiple stressors and need to multitask
within stressful environment.
Able to function in highly stressful patient and staff situations as it related to complex health care
issues with pain, symptom management, grief.

COMMUNICATIONS: Patients, Families, IDG Staff, Physicians, and Supervisors.
-Possession of a current professional nurse licensure to practice in PA.
-Possession of a current license to operate a motor vehicle.
-Must have access to car for agency business purposes.

A graduate of an accredited school of professional nursing and possess a current active license to
practice nursing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. BSN preferred.
TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: Two years experience as a professional nurse in nursing
practice or previous community health and/or Hospice care as a professional nurse.

Please complete your application using your full legal name and current home address.  Be sure to include employment history for the past seven (7) years, including your present employer.  Additionally, you are encouraged to upload a current resume, including all work history, education, and/or certifications and licenses, if applicable.  It is highly recommended that you create a profile at the conclusion of submitting your first application.  Thank you for your interest in St. Luke's!!

St. Luke's University Health Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Part time
Salary Range
$41,000.00 - 81,000.00
per Year
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Lehighton, PA 18235, US