Admissions Nurse

Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States Full-time

Job Description Summary

  • Conducts informational and needs assessments in addition to comprehensive and ongoing assessments of patient, family, and other healthcare providers to determine eligibility and identify hospice needs.
  • Coordinates with Hospice Staff and Vendors to ensure patients’ needs are addressed and met during the admission process and needs assessment process.
  • Provides education and health care instructions to the patient and family as appropriate in meeting nursing and related needs per assessment and plan of care.
  • Maintains and records pain/symptom management changes/outcomes as appropriate.
  • Assists in overseeing the utilization and ordering of medications, DME and supplies related to the plan of care in a manner consistent with the needs of the patient and the organizations performance goals.
  • Teaches the patient and family/caregiver self-care techniques as appropriate. Provides medication, diet and other instructions as ordered by the physician and recognizes and utilizes opportunities for health counseling with patients and families/caregivers.
  • Develops a care plan that establishes goals, based on nursing diagnosis and incorporates palliative nursing actions respecting the patient and family wishes by including them in the planning process.
  • Provides excellent and professional nursing care by utilizing all elements of nursing process.
  • Communicates with community health related persons to coordinate the care plan as needed.
  • Communicates with the referring and/or attending physician regarding hospice eligibility and patient’s needs to establish the Plan of Care. Obtains/receives physicians’ orders as required.
  • Works with all Hospice Staff and members of IDT to ensure collaboration of the patient’s Plan of Care.
  • Acts as a liaison with community referral sources, physicians, hospitals, and nursing homes to bring a greater understanding of the hospice philosophy and support to patients and families.
  • Actively participates in quality assessment performance improvement teams and activities.




  • Registered nurse with current licensure with no restrictions to practice professional nursing in the state.
  • Maintains a current CPR certification.
  • Minimum of two years’ experience in healthcare, at least one of which is in the area of public health, home care, or hospice nursing is preferred.
  • Self-directed and able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to address common concerns and overcome objectives.