UnityPoint Health

Hospice Aide

Requisition ID
2017-38241
Category
Nursing Aides, Assistants, and Techs
US-IA-Urbandale
11333 Aurora Ave
Affiliate
9400 UnityPoint at Home Affiliate
Urbandale
Department
HHA Visits- Hosp- DM
IA
FTE
1.0
FLSA
Non-Exempt
Scheduled Hours/Shift
8am to 5pm Monday to Friday with weekend rotation every 5 weekends

Overview

Work with patients of all ages in this role as a Home Health Aide and gain experience in all fields. We have opportunities in Pediatrics, Hospice and Certified areas. You will assist, maintain and develop as an aide with the families as a care giver to families and individuals needing assistance. Become a Home Health Aide today, and enjoy one of the most rewarding careers at UnityPoint at Home.

Responsibilities

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Ensures quality and safe delivery of services to patients according to individualized care plan under the supervision of a Registered Nurse.
  • Uses equipment and supplies safely, effectively, and efficiently
  • Consistently utilizes a holistic approach considering physical, psych/social, spiritual, educational, safety and related criteria appropriate to the age of the patients served
  • Possesses communication skills, including the ability to read, write, and verbally report clinical information to patients, caregivers, and hospice staff.
  • Recognizes the influence of personal, spiritual, and cultural values on perceptions regarding death and dying and their impact on quality of life.
  • Hospice Aide services will be ordered by the Interdisciplinary Group and included in the plan of care.
  • Reports changes in the patient’s medical, nursing, and social needs to a Registered Nurse as the changes relate to the plan of care.
  • Completes appropriate documentation in an accurate and timely manner and in compliance with the hospice program’s policies and procedures.
  • Creates successful interpersonal relationships with patients/families while maintaining personal and professional boundaries.
  • Demonstrates listening skills and offers comforting presence to patients/families.
  • Completes a minimum of twelve (12) hours of continuing education programs (3 hours per quarter) or approved Net Learning offerings each year.
  • Completes the Hospice Aide Competency Evaluation of skills each year with a satisfactory result.
  • Provides the following essential care to patients under the direction of a Registered Nurse:
  • Reading and recording temperature, pulse, and respiration.
  • Basic infection control procedures.
  • Maintenance of a clean, safe, and healthy environment.
  • Uses appropriate and safe techniques in performing personal hygiene and grooming tasks that include:  
    • Bed bath
    • Tub and shower bath
    • Hair shampoo (sink, tub, and bed)
    • Nail and skin care, including shaving
    • Oral hygiene
    • Toileting and elimination
    • Measure and record intake and output
    • Change bed linens
    • Change simple, non-sterile dressings
    • Launder clothing and bed linens
  • Safe transfer techniques and ambulation
  • Normal range of motion and positioning
  • Adequate nutrition and fluid intake
  • Hospice Relief Support
  • Communicates with Interdisciplinary Team and participates in care coordination to achieve high quality care.
  • Demonstrates accountability to patients, families, colleagues, and organization staff.
  • Maintains regular and consistent attendance at work.
  • Notifies Registered Nurse of any changes in patient’s behavior or condition.
  • Behaves in a manner consistent with Mission, Vision, Values and Expectations for Excellence.
  • Maintains compliance with OSHA, Accreditation Standards and Risk Management guidelines.
  • Performs responsibilities within the aides scope of practice and maintain compliance with Personnel policies and procedures.
  • Behaves in a manner consistent with all Corporate Compliance policies and procedures.
  • Performs other duties as requested by the Clinical Manager to facilitate smooth and effective operations of the organization.
  • Meets measures as determined and required for job productivity and performance improvement.
  • Participates in quality assurance and performance improvement activities as assigned.
  • 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.
  • Employee is responsible for completion of communication tasks and activities in a timely manner. This would include, but is not limited to: responding to email, voicemail or telephone messages, promptly, accurately, and professionally; attending staff meetings as scheduled or viewing videotapes of those meetings; asking questions of team members and supervisors when needing clarification about various day-to-day issues or patient needs; and reviewing employee communication pieces, to stay aware of UPAH programs and initiatives.

 

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:

General supervision is received from the Clinical Manager or Clinical Supervisor

Qualifications

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

  • High School diploma or GED
  • Completion of a Nursing Assistant Training Program of a minimum of 75 hours
  • Valid Iowa or Illinois certification.
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work as a collaborative team member across service lines as position requires.
  • Ability to understand and apply guidelines, policies and procedures.
  • Age specific care and reporting of Dependent Adult and Child Abuse training with in one month of employment.
  • CPR Certification.
  • Valid Mandatory Reporter course completion by state(s) requirement
  • Valid, licensed driver, with automobile insurance in accordance with state and/or organizational requirements
  • Proficiency with computer applications (i.e. Excel, Word, Access)

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