UnityPoint Health Hospice Aide in Urbandale, Iowa

Hospice Aide

Full-Time, Monday- Friday, Days, WEEKEND Rotation

  • FEnsures 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.

  • 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)

Requisition ID: 2018-43030

Street: 11333 Aurora Ave

Name: 9400 UnityPoint at Home Affiliate

Name: HHA Visits- Hosp- DM

FTE (Numeric Only; Ex. 0.01): 1.0

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Scheduled Hours/Shift: Mon to Fri/ 8am to 5pm with weekend rotation

External Company Name: UnityPoint Health

External Company URL: http://www.unitypoint.org