Hospice Aide (CNA) - Fort Smith, AR

Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States Full-time

At Heart of Hospice, we are committed to transforming end of life care in the communities we serve. This lofty vision inspires us to uphold the highest standard in hiring a team of compassionate, caring, and experienced healthcare professionals. Our team delivers exceptional care to each and every person entrusted to our care. Our philosophy of care allows us to meet patients where they are, wherever that may be. It not does not require our patients to give up hope, or certain treatment options but does allow them to individualize the plan of care to fit their needs. Our patients and families allow our team to add footprints to their journey while providing the best quality care at this special time in their life. Our vision is not just something we put on the wall, it is something each of us, regardless of role, are honored to do each and every day!

We are currently looking for a Full-Time Hospice Aide (CNA) to join our team and carry out our vision of excellent care in the Fort Smith and River Valley area.

 

Job Description Summary

  • The Hospice Aide performs personal care needs after given a patient's assignment and attending to his/her requests promptly.
  • Meets safety needs of patient and uses equipment safely and properly (foot stools, side rails, O2 etc.).
  • Giving personal care including baths, oral hygiene, shampooing and changing bed linen as often as assigned.
  • Assists in dressing and undressing patients as assigned.
  • Assists in feeding the patient as assigned.
  • Offers and assists with bedpans and urinals and light laundry needs.
  • Takes and records oral, rectal and axillary temperatures, pulse, respiration and blood pressure when ordered with appropriate completed/demonstrated skills competency.
  • Provides proper care and observation of patient's skin to prevent breakdown of tissue over bony prominence.
  • Performs simple one step wound care as instructed with appropriate completed/demonstrated skills competency.
  • Keeps patient's living area clean and orderly, as assigned.
  • Assists in ambulation, exercise, and range of motion as instructed by the hospice nurse or therapist while ensuring proper heaving lifting techniques are performed.
  • Reports on patient's condition and significant changes to the RN Case Manager. Reports the caregiver or other individuals living with the patient and interpersonal issues.
  • Provides respite for patient's/family/caregiver as assigned.
  • Adheres to the organization's documentation and care procedures including standards of personal and professional conduct, and all Occupational Safety Hazards.
  • Uses equipment and supplies efficiently and in a cost effective manner to support the organizations financial performance.
  • Participates in quality assessment performance improvement teams and activities.
  • Orients new personnel hired as assigned.
  • Respectful of patient and family/caregiver environment and patient's personal needs.
  • Actively participates in quality assessment performance improvement teams and activities.
  • Maintains effective working relationships with employees, physicians, vendors, and potential referral and payer sources.
  • The hospice aide will not function in any manner viewed as the practice of nursing according to the Nurse Practice Act. Specifically, the hospice aide will not administer medications, take physician's orders or perform procedures requiring the training, knowledge and skill of a licensed nurse, such as sterile techniques.
  • Knowledge of and adherence to all policy and procedures.
  • Maintains compliance by documenting accurately and timely within the organization’s electronic health record.

 

Qualifications: 

  • Meets the training requirements of the State.
  • Must meet one of the following training requirements; have a current nursing assistant certification and have successfully completed a Home Health Aide competency evaluation; or have successfully completed a Home Health Aide training program and have successfully completed a competency evaluation; or have successfully completed a Home Health Aide competency evaluation.
  • Must exhibit maturity, a sympathetic attitude toward the patient, ability to provide care to the terminal patient, and ability to deal effectively with the demands of the job.
  • Must have the ability to read, write, and carry out directions promptly and accurately.

 

If you want to be a part of an amazing team that will invest in you, great benefits, growth opportunities, and have a heart for people, apply now! 

 

Heart of Hospice is an Equal Opportunity Employer.