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Registered Nurse, Home Health Care

Overview
We at Penn Highlands Brookville (PHB), in affiliation with Penn Highlands Healthcare, are very proud of our record in both cost effectiveness and innovation. As our 34 plus bed hospital evolves to meet today's ever- changing health care needs, the main focus remains on the patient and PHB's role in the community. The hospital has experienced enormous changes since its founding in 1919. Today, technological changes in health care are occurring at an even faster rate. While the hospital has kept pace with these rapid changes, its strength lies in the personalized healthcare given by the PHB family, which includes the physicians, employees, and board of directors.
To fulfill this mission and vision, we focus on bringing together talented healthcare professionals who believe that the best way to treat patients is to offer individualized medical care in an environment that is friendly, personalized, and close to home. In order to serve our patients in this manner, we are actively recruiting individuals who want to work in this type of environment.
The Registered Staff Nurse assumes the accountability and responsibility as a professional nurse for providing total, comprehensive, continuous and patient centered care for an assigned group of patients. The Registered Staff Nurse is prepared to assess the patient, develop a comprehensive nursing plan of care, implement aspects of nursing care to meet identified patient care outcomes, and evaluate the effectiveness of a nursing care plan. Established nursing objectives, standards, policies and procedures will be followed in administering nursing care. The Registered Staff Nurse provides direct patient care in collaboration with other members of the health care team to resolve the patients' health related problems.
Responsibilities
Complies with PENN HIGHLANDS BROOKVILLE policies and procedures, accreditation agency requirements, and federal, state or local law and regulations
Uses the nursing process in the delivery of care as evidenced by but not limited to:
Obtains patient history and conducts appropriate patient assessment.
Collaborates with the health care team to develop and manage the plan of care, involving patient/significant other whenever possible.
Implements appropriate nursing care to meet patient needs.
Evaluates patient's response to medical, nursing, and other disciplines' interventions and takes appropriate action.
Demonstrates critical thinking and clinical competency in the delivery of patient care as evidenced by but not limited to:
Administers medications, monitors effectiveness, and takes appropriate action as needed in accordance with policies and procedures.
Proficient in starting and managing IV administration.
Responds appropriately to changes in patient condition.
Consults medical record for pertinent patient information such as diagnostic test results, physician progress notes, etc.
Implements the plan of care according to physician's, nursing orders, clinical pathways, and nursing care standards.
Appropriately delegates to and manages patient care delivered by support staff.
Manages patient teaching and discharge planning as evidenced by but not limited to:
Identifies patient learning needs on admission and throughout the episode of care.
Collaborates with health care team to develop and implement the discharge plan.
Prepares patient and significant others for appropriate home management regarding medications and the follow up of plan of care.
Participates in the development of new staff as evidenced by but not limited to:
Actively participates in the orientation including cultural and social integration of new staff.
When serving as preceptor, collaborates with staff member and Clinical Coordinator to manage the learning process and develop individualized action plans as needs are identified.
Demonstrates professional accountability as evidenced by but not limited to:
Achieves educational credits to meet hospital/or licensing/certification requirements.
Presents information obtained at education conferences to staff members.
Participates in the development and advancement of departmental standards, policies, and other clinical/professional initiatives.
Conducts self in professional manner in dress, actions, and interpersonal communication.
Assures environment of safety for patients, significant others, and coworkers.
Informs Director or Clinical Coordinator of patient care situations and departmental problems as appropriate.
Demonstrates effective problem solving skills for clinical and departmental issues.
Department Specific Duties:
Supervises the LPN/Home Health Aide according to Medicare conditions of participation which includes aide plan of care, assignments, instruction, and supervisory visits.
Documents according to Medicare Conditions of Participation and other regulatory bodies in a timely manner which includes patient charges, written/computer documentation, and completion of charts.
Maintains knowledge of community resources and programs and makes referrals appropriately and in timely manner.
Provides on call and after hours patient visits as needed.
General duties as directed.
Qualifications
Current Pennsylvania Registered Nurse license or Temporary Practice Permit required.
One year Registered Nurse experience in acute care or long term care setting required.
Current Pennsylvania driver's license and automobile insurance required
Current CPR certification required
Previous experience in home health or public health preferred

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