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Lifesong Hospice at Country Meadows FT Hospice Aide (CNA)

at Lifesong Hospice
Location Harrisburg, PA
Date Posted December 5, 2019
Category Harrisburg (Lifesong Hospice)
Job Type Full-time
Company Name Lifesong Hospice


Hospice CNA

Lifesong Hospice and Palliative Care has been developed to provide Hospice and Palliative services to their Residents with a Mission to Create Harmony for Each Unique Life Story and a Promise to celebrate the meaning of their lives, preserve their dignity and to ensure that their unique legacy is honored. We will provide a true personalized plan of care for all our Resident Hospice Patients on our Service in Country Meadows  and Providence Place Retirement Communities.
We are looking for Unique and Dedicate Hospice Team Members to help fulfil our Mission and our Promise.

An employee’s job title is only the beginning of who he/she is to our patients because here, each employee serves a position and a purpose. We care for our patients the way we all would want to be treated: with dignity, compassion and respect. To honor the care and commitment that they offer to our patients every day, we work hard to provide a rich benefit package, an environment which encourages career development and competitive compensation.
The On Call RN provides and ensures quality patient care and the promotion of patient wellness. Provides direct nursing services to the patients of Country Meadows, Providence Place and Ecumenical Retirement Communities for optimal health and safety. Supports and enforces all policies, programs and philosophies of Lifesong Hospice and Palliative Care.

The hospice aide is a member of the interdisciplinary team who works under the supervision of a registered nurse and performs various services for a patient as necessary to meet the patient’s personal needs following a plan of care to promote comfort.  The hospice aide is responsible for observing the patient, reporting these observations, and documenting observations and care performed.  The hospice aide will be assigned in a manner that promotes quality, continuity, and safety of patient care.

Responsibilities of the Hospice Aide/CNA include, but are not limited to:

1.Performing personal care needs after given a patient’s assignment and attending to his/her requests promptly, always following the patient’s plan of care.  If unable to perform a certain task, the Hospice Aide/CNA must immediately report to the Registered Nurse (RN) and/or Team Director (TD)/Director of Clinical Operations (DCO)
2.Meeting safety needs of patient and using equipment safely and properly (foot stools, side rails, O2, etc.).
3.Giving personal care including baths, back rubs, oral hygiene, shampoos, and changing bed linens as often as assigned.
4.Assisting in dressing and undressing patients as assigned.
5.Planning and preparing nutritious meal.
6.Assisting in feeding of the patient.
7.Taking and recording oral, rectal, and axillary temperatures, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure when ordered with appropriate completed/demonstrated skills competency.
8.Providing proper care and observation of patient’s skin to prevent breakdown of tissues over bony prominence.
9.Reporting on patient’s condition and significant changes to the RN and/or TD/DCO.  Also aware of the caregiver or other individuals living with the patient, and interpersonal issues.
10.Assisting in ambulation and exercise as instructed by the hospice nurse or therapist.
11.Offering and assisting with bedpans and urinals.  Providing assistance as assigned with light laundry needs.
12.Performing range of motion and other simple procedures as an extensional therapy service, as ordered, with appropriate completed/demonstrated competency.
13.Providing respite for patient’s family/caregiver when onsite, as appropriate.
14.Keeping patient’s living area clean and orderly, as assigned.
15.Adhering to the organization’s documentation and care procedures and standards of personal and professional conduct.
16.Participates in quality assessment performance improvement terms and activities.
17.Respectful of patient and family/caregiver environment and patient’s personal needs.
18.Other duties as assigned.

Work Environment:
•Stand/walk up to eight hours per day.
•Sit up to eight hours per day.
•Able to lift, position and/or transfer patients
•Supports up to 50 lbs.
•Lift/carry up to 20 lbs.
•Considerable kneeling, bending, and reaching.
•Requires standing, walking, twisting, bending, pushing, kneeling, stooping, stretching and lifting.
•Requires normal range hearing and vision, hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity
•Must be capable of operating: computer, telephone, fax machine, copier and other general office equipment.

Minimum Qualifications:
1.Meets training and licensing requirements for a Certified Nursing Assistant in Pennsylvania.
2.Ability to read and follow written instructions and document care given.
3.Understands hospice philosophy and is comfortable with providing specialized care to the terminally ill.
4.Self-directed and able to work with minimum supervision.
5.Secure with issues of death/dying.  Provides a calm manner when in a patient’s home.
6.Have empathy for the needs of the ill, injured, frail, and the impaired.
7.Demonstrates proper boundaries, tact, patience, and good personal hygiene.
8.Must maintain a state drivers’ license in good standing, and maintain an automobile in good working order, one that is insured in accordance with the applicable state laws.
9.Minimum 1 (one) year experience; experience in a nursing home, home care, or hospice preferable.
10.Moderate proficiency with Microsoft Office, cellular technology, and EMR required.
11.CPR required.

The Hospice Aide-CNA will not function in any manner viewed as the practice of nursing according to the Nurse Practice Act.  The Hospice Aide-CNA will not administer medications, take physician’s orders, or perform procedures requiring the licensure of a Registered Nurse.




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