UnityPoint Health

Registered Nurse Hospice-Paula Baber House-Fort Dodge

Requisition ID
US-IA-Fort Dodge
2630 9th Ave So
9400 UnityPoint at Home Affiliate
Fort Dodge
SN Visits- IPU- FD
Scheduled Hours/Shift
Work Type (Portal Searching)
As Needed


Hospice Registered Nurse


As Needed

Paula Baber House


The Inpatient Facility Registered Nurse plans, organizes and directs hospice care services, initiates, and implements care, only in the hospice inpatient environment. The Inpatient Hospice Facility RN fulfills the role of skilled communicator, educator, leader and motivator. The Inpatient Hospice Facility RN ensures that high standards of patient care are met at all times in the inpatient facility and through transitions of care.



Why UnityPoint Health?

  • Culture – At UnityPoint Health, you Come for a fulfilling career and experience a culture guided by uncompromising values and unwavering belief in doing what's right for the people we serve.
  • Benefits – Our competitive Total Rewards program offers benefits options like 401K match, paid time off and education assistance that align with your needs and priorities, no matter what life stage you’re in.
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commitment – We’re committed to ensuring you have a voice that is heard regardless of role, race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.
  • Development – We believe equipping you with support and development opportunities is an essential part of delivering a remarkable employment experience.
  • Community Involvement – Be an essential part of our core purpose—to improve the health of the people and communities we serve.

Visit us at UnityPoint.org/careers to hear more from our team members about why UnityPoint Health is a great place to work.



Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

Essential functions are the duties and responsibilities that are essential to the position (not a task list).  o not include if less than 5% of work time is spent on this duty.  Be specific without giving explicit instructions on how to perform the task.  Do not include duties that are to be performed in the future.  Duties should be action oriented and avoid vague or general statements. 

% of Time


Care Coordination

·        Ensures compassionate, empathetic quality and safe delivery of services to patients according to care plan. Uses equipment and supplies safely, effectively, and efficiently.

·        Consistently utilizes a patient-centered approach considering physical, psych/social, spiritual, educational, safety and related criteria appropriate to the age of the patients served in hospice.

·        Delivers quality care consistent with Hospice Conditions of Participation, qualifying hospice criteria, payer coverage criteria, and providing service/ treatments consistent with the plan of care to honor patient/ family values/ wishes, and requirements/ criteria for levels of care delivered in inpatient unit- routine home care, respite and general inpatient



Clinical Excellence

·        Conducts clinical review of record to include multi-disciplinary review, coordination of care, provided in conjunction with visits and documentation, actively participates in Hospice QAPI plan/ initiatives

·        Identifies risk for acute hospitalization and proactively prevents adverse events.

·        Responsible for looking at the individual needs of each hospice order/referral and determining eligibility for hospice services and appropriate level of care.

·        Assist with implementation and coordination of services required for discharge of patients from hospitals into Hospice’s program of care in the inpatient unit

·        Responsible for coordinating the patient care team in providing quality, cost effective patient care in the inpatient hospice environment


Patient Care

·        Promotes the provision of comfort care to the dying as an active, desirable, and integral component of nursing care in the hospice facility.

·        Uses scientifically based standardized tools to assess symptoms (eg. pain, dyspnea, constipation, anxiety, nausea/vomiting, and altered cognition) that are expected by patients at the end of life.

·        Collaborates effectively with patients, families, and other members of the Interdisciplinary Team to develop an individualized plan of care to attain specific goals and outcomes.

·        Utilizes effective teaching and learning strategies when providing hospice education for patients, families, colleagues, and community.

·        Coordinates 24 hour care to patients in the inpatient unit environment, coordinates level of care changes when appropriate to pain/ symptom management, assesses and implements increased frequency of services when patient condition warrants



Basic UPH Performance Criteria        

·        Demonstrates the UnityPoint Health Values and Standards of Behaviors as well as adheres to policies and procedures and safety guidelines.

·        Demonstrates ability to meet business needs of department with regular, reliable attendance.

·        Employee maintains current licenses and/or certifications required for the position.

·        Practices and reflects knowledge of HIPAA, TJC, DNV, OSHA and other federal/state regulatory agencies guiding healthcare.

·        Completes all annual education and competency requirements within the calendar year.

·        Is knowledgeable of hospital and department compliance requirements for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse.  Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of hospital administrative staff.  Takes appropriate action on concerns reported by department staff related to compliance.



Disclaimer: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that required of the employee.  Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.




Demonstration of UPH Values and Standards of Behaviors

Consistently demonstrates UnityPoint Health’s values in the performance of job duties and responsibilities

Foster Unity:

·        Leverage the skills and abilities of each person to enable great teams

·        Collaborate across departments, facilities, business units and regions

·        Seek to understand and are open to diverse thoughts and perspectives

Own The Moment:

·        Connect with each person treating them with courtesy, compassion, empathy, and respect

·        Enthusiastically engage in our work

·        Accountable for our individual actions and our team performance

·        Responsible for solving problems regardless of the origin

Champion Excellence:

·        Commit to the best outcomes and highest quality.

·        Have a relentless focus on exceeding expectations.

·        Believe in sharing our results, learning from our mistakes and celebrating our successes.

Seize Opportunities:

·        Embrace and promote innovation and transformation.

·        Create partnerships that improve care delivery in our communities.

·        Have the courage to challenge the status quo.



Minimum Requirements

Identify items that are minimally required to perform the essential functions of this position.

Preferred or Specialized

Not required to perform the essential functions of the position.





·        Graduate of State Board approved program for Registered Nurses and valid license as a Registered Nurse

·        Masters education in health related field

·        BSN or BS in health related field






·        Minimum 1 year recent clinical experience in medical/surgical, oncology, or long term care nursing

·        Has experience in or demonstrates knowledge of nursing care for patients with life-limiting illness

·        Previous home care or hospice experience







·        Valid license as a Registered Nurse

·        Valid CPR Certification

·        Valid Mandatory Reporter course completion by state(s) requirement

·        Computer skills necessary

·        Achieve certification in Integrated Care Management within 1 year of hire. Certification includes completing the Integrated Care Management formal training session, successfully completing assigned computer based-learning modules within 2 weeks of training, and a competency evaluation. Use the Integrated Care Management philosophy, skills, tools and documentation in clinical practice. Demonstrate competency in selected ICM skills annually.

·        CHPN preferred







·        Ability to assess and respond to the needs of patients/ families

·        Skilled in coping with family’s emotional stress

·        Ability to work as a collaborative team member.

·        Ability to understand and apply guidelines, policies and procedures






·        Use of usual and customary equipment used to perform essential functions of the position.




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