Rockingham VNA & Hospice


Req#: 13121
Hours: Monday through Friday days, one weekend per month, 2 holidays per year

Reporting to Homecare Director, functions in the key role of Specialist, educator and consultant.  Nurse specialist is in the area of behavioral health; psychiatric background.


  • Degree from accredited RN program
  • 3 to 5 years of nursing experience
  • RN license – NH or other Compact State
  • CPR within 30 days of hire
  • Driver license – valid


1.       Ensures patients have timely and accurate orders prior to delivering services.  Reviews Physician's referral (prescription), patient's condition and medical record.

2.       Completes an ongoing comprehensive and interdisciplinary assessment including: OASIS per regulations. Development and ongoing evaluation of individual plan of care based on needs, interests, and abilities in conjunction with physician, interdisciplinary team, patient, caregiver and/or representative.

3.       Effectively integrate educational, medical, social and psychological factors when evaluating progress towards attainment of goals and outcomes.  Orients, instructs and may direct work activities of licensed practical nurses (LPN), licensed nursing assistants (LNA), and students as appropriate.  Evidence of ongoing communication between the nurse, LPN, and LNA regarding patient status and progress must be documented in the patient medical record.  RN is responsible for the development of patient LNA plan of care and supervision of LNA services per regulations.

4.       Performs home visits on high acuity patients and/or other patients as requested by clinical manager or staff.  Demonstrates and educates staff in the processes of critical thinking and problem solving.  Perform services/treatments for patient as indicated in plan of care based on physician orders.

5.       Complies with medical, regulatory, educational and records management requirements (e.g. insurance authorization, consents, physician's referral, documentation) and maintains patient confidentiality in accordance with HIPAA guidelines.

6.       Communicates with all physicians and other health care practitioners (as appropriate) involved in the patient's plan of care to exchange, discuss, and evaluate patient information for planning, modifying, and coordinating an appropriate treatment plan and goals. 

7.       Assess for patient, caregiver, and/or representative and family counseling needs and make appropriate referrals.  Provide patient caregiver, and/or representative education including but not limited to: diagnosis, interventions, community resources, medications, safe and therapeutic environment, coping strategies, and discharge, etc.

8.       Documents assessment, interventions, medication reconciliation, and discharge planning in appropriate clinical notes and plan of care.  Completes documentation same day as visit, per agency standard. Participates in the agency's quality assessment process improvement (QAPI) program to improve health outcome, patient safety and quality of care. Provides input to clinical managers for agency goal settings and agency based competencies. Participates in the development, implementation and education of policies and procedures.

9.       Meets agency obligations for, holiday coverage, weekend coverage, and on call shifts.  Complies with Agency standards for productivity, patient and staff schedules, and attendance at meetings. 

10.   Enhances professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, current literature, community based and home health agency in services, meetings, workshops, and provides training to staff, agency, and community groups.

Complies with professional licensure standards and code of ethics. Provides informal in services to nursing staff on complex patients in the home as well as formal consultation in the form of patient care conferences. Confers with Management to determine areas of need for staff development.


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