Department: Clinical Services
Reports to the Patient Care Manager, works closely with the Medical Director/Hospice
Physician, Social Workers, Spiritual Counselors, Coordinator of Volunteers, the
Volunteer and Bereavement Services.
The Admission Nurse is responsible for conducting evaluation and information visits to
potential patients and their families, obtaining consents, election forms, performing an
initial comprehensive physical assessment and developing a plan of care.
The Admission Nurse participates as a member of the IDG, actively coordinating all
aspects of the patient’s hospice care, in accordance with current professional standards
and practice, including participating in ongoing interdisciplinary comprehensive
assessments, developing and evaluating the plan of care and contributing to patient and
family counseling and education.
Sample Duties and Responsibilities:
- Explain the hospice program philosophy and services to prospective patients and
- Evaluate the patient’s medical history, physical status, and functional needs.
- Consult with and make a recommendation to the Medical Director/Hospice
Physician regarding appropriateness of admission based on the criteria established
by the hospice and the payer source.
- Obtain consents and benefit elections as appropriate, complete all admission
- Complete (at a minimum) an initial assessment, in most cases complete a
comprehensive assessment, of patient and family needs in coordination with the
attending physician, Hospice Medical Director/Hospice Physician, and other
members of the interdisciplinary team to develop the Plan of Care.
- Provide direct care and nursing intervention as dictated by physician order, patient
need and the Plan of Care
- Communicate with the referral source, long term care facility, insurance company
and/or others as appropriate regarding admission status of patient/family.
- Provide appropriate patient/family/caregiver teaching and instruction.
- Record clinical findings and services in the medical record.
- Coordinate all patient care activities including ordering/obtaining
pharmaceuticals, durable medical equipment and supplies as indicated in the Plan
- Attend and participate in IDG meetings.
- Participate in Quality Assessment / Performance Improvement activities.
- Attend and participate in continuing education / inservice activities.
Other duties as assigned.
- Active, unrestricted license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the state.
- Experience in medical-surgical nursing, home health, or hospice required.
- Experience in a long term care setting a plus.
- Willingness and ability to work flexible days and hours and scheduled on-call to meet
patient and family needs.
Required Skills and Abilities:
- Able to read 12-point or larger type.
- Able to hear and speak in a manner understood by most people.
- Must be able to communicate effectively in English both orally and in writing
sufficient to prepare and send documentation/reports, and to interact with clients,
staff and peers (proficiency in a second language that corresponds to the language
of a significant portion of the patient population is desirable).
- Able to stoop and bend.
- Able to lift at least 25 pounds, and carry effectively.
- Able to push a wheelchair.
- Able to travel to prospective patients’ residences. Must have reliable transportation,
an auto with required insurance coverage and a current state driver’s license.
- Must show considerable initiative, judgement and organizational skills to work
independently in an unsupervised environment.
- Familiarity with the Hospice philosophy and regulations as appropriate to job