Registered Nurse RN Field Supportive/Palliative Care WellMed Laredo TX
Location: Mcallen, Texas
Internal Number: 108774596
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The Palliative Care RN/Case Manager coordinates care and provides initial ongoing nursing assessment of the patient and family needs and coordination of the patient’s plan of care with interdisciplinary team members and the palliative care attending physician.
Conducts medical home visits on established Bridges in Complex Care patients performing a hands-on exam at each visit
Conducts urgent/acute visits on established Bridges in Complex Care patients with the goal of keeping the patient out of the hospital in order to receive the best medical care at home
Provides ongoing assessments of the impact of life-limiting chronic illness on the patient’s physical, functional, psychosocial and environmental needs
Assess for caregiver burnout, and provide community resources when appropriate
Implement the individualized plan of care and recommend revisions to the plan as necessary
Ability to perform procedures, to include, but not limited to:
Wound care and dressing changes
Injection (B12, vaccines)
Ability to conduct an advanced care discussion with a patient and their family and properly document their wishes in the electronic medical record
Consults and educates the patient/family and other caregivers regarding the disease process, pain and symptom management, end of life care and processes for dealing with issues of ethical concern
Initiates appropriate preventive and rehabilitative nursing procedures when appropriate
Ensure continual assessment of patient and family needs from admission to Bridges in Complex Care throughout the course of care
Provides ongoing evaluation of the patient and family/caregiver response to care, and recommends alteration of the plan when necessary
Attends the interdisciplinary meeting and is a crucial and vocal member of the team
Solves problems by gathering and/or reviewing facts and selecting the best solution from identified alternatives. Decision making is usually based on prior practice or policy, with some interpretation. Applies individual reasoning to the solution of a problem devising or modifying processes and writing procedures
Conducts telephonic nursing follow up and case management when necessary
Serves as a resource or consultant for LVN
Attends educational offerings to keep abreast of palliative care and complies with licensing requirements
Establishes a trusting relationship with identified patients, caregivers, clinic staff members and physicians
Collaborates with the providers to recommend policies, procedures and standards which affect the care of the Bridges in Complex Care Patient
Exhibits professionalism and is courteous with all patients, physicians and co-workers
Informs the provider of patient’s needs and outcomes of interventions as per standards
Determines the scope and frequency of services needed based on acuity and patient/family needs
Coordinates all patient/family services and prioritization of needs with the members of the interdisciplinary team
Documents in the electronic health record progress toward established goals as per standards
Uses the case management approach and refers to other services as needed
Maintains a patient case load, daily visits and point of care documentation levels as per standards
Participates with the on-call rotation schedule and weekends as assigned
Performs all other related nursing duties as assigned
This position requires local traveling within the assigned Laredo, TX market, and surroundings counties including home visits, but must be available to travel to other locations as determined by the business. Mileage Reimbursement will be provided based on the department guidelines.
You’ll be rewarded and recognized for your performance in an environment that will challenge you and give you clear direction on what it takes to succeed in your role as well as provide development for other roles you may be interested in.
Registered Nurse with a current license to practice in the state of employment
5+ years of experience in a physician’s office, clinical, hospice or hospital setting
Demonstrated experience of excellent nursing skills
Proficient knowledge of palliative care and end-of-life symptom management
Experience related to advanced care planning and discussions with patients regarding end-of-life wishes
Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and Outlook
Access to reliable transportation
Full COVID-19 vaccination is an essential job function of this role. Candidates located in states that mandate COVID-19 booster doses must also comply with those state requirements. UnitedHealth Group will adhere to all federal, state and local regulations as well as all client requirements and will obtain necessary proof of vaccination, and boosters when applicable, prior to employment to ensure compliance. Candidates must be able to perform all essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation.
Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing certification
2+ years of hospice experience
Knowledge of palliative and hospice medicine
Bilingual (English/Spanish) language proficiency
Excellent verbal and written skills
Ability to interact productively with individuals and with multidisciplinary teams
Excellent organizational and prioritization skills
Physical & Mental Requirements:
Ability to lift up to 100 pounds
Ability to sit for extended periods of time
Ability to use fine motor skills to operate office equipment and/or machinery
Ability to receive and comprehend instructions verbally and/or in writing
Ability to use logical reasoning for simple and complex problem solving
To protect the health and safety of our workforce, patients and communities we serve, UnitedHealth Group and its affiliate companies require all employees to disclose COVID-19 vaccination status prior to beginning employment. In addition, some roles and locations require full COVID-19 vaccination, including boosters, as an essential job function. UnitedHealth Group adheres to all federal, state and local COVID-19 vaccination regulations as well as all client COVID-19 vaccination requirements and will obtain the necessary information from candidates prior to employment to ensure compliance. Candidates must be able to perform all essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation. Failure to meet the vaccination requirement may result in rescission of an employment offer or termination of employment.
WellMed was founded in 1990 with a vision of being a physician-led company that could change the face of healthcare delivery for seniors. Through the WellMed Care Model, we specialize in helping our patients stay healthy by providing the care they need from doctors who care about them. We partner with multiple Medicare Advantage health plans in Texas and Florida and look forward to continuing growth.
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