• Hospice Field Staff LPN

    Posted: 08/22/2022

    Hospice of Southern Illinois is a not-for-profit, free-standing, community-based hospice offering Southern Illinois and St. Louis Metro-East communities a range of services for people of all ages at the end of life. We have been providing compassionate care to terminally ill patients and their families in their home or a home-like setting since 1981. Since that time, we have continued our mission to enhance the quality of life for individuals and their loved ones touched by a terminal illness. Our reputation is a direct result of our desire to do more than what is required or expected. This can be seen in the passion and commitment of our employees and volunteers to provide excellent hospice care through all the services we provide. A career in hospice care at Hospice of Southern Illinois is a calling. Is it calling you? We are currently hiring for Hospice Field Staff Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) position that would be based out of our Belleville, IL office.
    Summary of the Hospice Field Staff LPN Position:

    • Position Summary: Under the supervision of a Registered Nurse, and in collaboration with the Interdisciplinary Team (IDT), provides direct and indirect patient care in accordance with the Nurse Practice Act and organizational policy.
    • We visit our patients wherever they may located, whether it be in their homes, long-term care facilities, nursing homes, hospitals, etc. As a result, driving and reliable transportation are requirements of the position.
    • Would provide service to patients located in the following Illinois counties: St. Clair, Washington, Monroe, and Randolph.
    • Full-Time Non-Exempt Position
    • 40 Hours Weekly, Monday-Friday 8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. with an additional rotational on-call schedule that includes some evenings, weekends, and holidays.
    • For further information about our company and to apply online, please visit www.hospice.org/careers.
    • For any questions or concerns, please contact HR Generalist Jade Gutierrez at (618) 310-7129 or email jgutierrez@hospice.org  .
    • EOE
    Position Requirements for the Hospice Field Staff LPN Position
    1. Education
      1. Graduate of State-approved school of nursing.
      2. Successful completion of Licensed Practice Nurse education.
    2. Experience
      1. One (1) year experience in hospice preferred.
    3. Other Qualifications
      1.     Current Illinois LPN license.
      2.     CPR certification preferred.
      3.     Excellent clinical assessment, organizational and interpersonal relationship skills.
      4.     A working knowledge of Medicare/Medicaid, hospice regulations, and third-party payor expectations is preferred.
      5.     Reliable means of transportation.
    As an Illinois employer and healthcare organization, Hospice of Southern Illinois complies with all State and Federal regulations, including Illinois Executive Orders. As a result, we require COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment unless documentation of a medical or religious accommodation can be provided for review after a contingent job offer has been made.
    Physical Requirements: Performs repetitive tasks.  Physical tasks including bathing, transferring, lifting, and turning of patients in the home or home-like setting.  Prolonged periods of sitting at times.  Exerts up to 100 lbs. force occasionally, and/or up to 50 lbs. frequently and/or 20 lbs constantly.  Requires physical flexibility of bending at knee and squat-bend. The Staff Licensed Practice Nurse manages stress appropriately, makes decisions under pressure, handles multiple priorities, works alone, and manages anger/fear/hostility/violence of other appropriately.  This position requires clarity of vision >20 inches and <20 feet, hears alarms/telephone/tape recorder.
    Working Conditions: The Staff Licensed Practice Nurse spends approximately 20% of his/her time in an air-conditioned environment with varying exposure to excessive humidity and noise.  The remaining 80% of his/her time is spent in an automobile.  The position has potential for exposure to malodorous, infectious body fluids from patients, animal pet hair, allergens in the home environment, and some exposure to noxious smells from cleaning agents, exposure to communicable diseases and traffic.
    Essential Functions of the Hospice Field Staff LPN Position
    1. Collaborates in the development and modification of the Field Staff Nurse/Case Manager comprehensive nursing plan of care for the hospice patient.
    2. Performs physical assessment and collects data then collaborates with the Field Staff Nurse/Case Manager in the assessment of the health status of a patient.
    3. Implements aspects of the plan of care, as delegated.
    4. Participates in health teaching and counseling to promote, attain, and maintain the optimum health level of patients, as delegated.
    5. Serves as an advocate for the patient/family/caregiver by communicating and collaborating with the IDT, as delegated.
    6. Participates in the evaluation of patient responses to interventions. Provides direct patient care.
    7. Participates in on-call after hours care.
    8. Demonstrates basic LPN clinical skills.  Gives a practical exhibition and explanation at the required annual skills day.
    9. Knowledgeable in patterns of disease progression at the end-of-life and provides ongoing patient/family/caregiver education, as delegated.
    10. Practices within the guidelines of the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.
    11. Provides evidence-based physical, emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual care under the direction of a Registered Nurse.
    12. Demonstrates knowledge of the principles of end-of-life pain and symptom management.
    13. Participates in monitoring symptoms and changes in patients and reports these changes to the Field Staff Nurse/Case Manager in charge of patient’s care.
    14. Participates in on-call after-hour care.  In the on-call role, the LPN triages calls and provides care under the direction of a Registered Nurse.
    15. Participates in IDT meeting by providing information regarding patient’s current health state and observations pertinent to the plan of care.
    16. Demonstrates the ability to work cooperatively with others in a team environment to ensure deadlines, goals, and objectives are met.
    17. Demonstrates the ability to embrace change, manage stress, and maintain a positive attitude.
    18. Builds relationships and collaborates effectively with internal and external customers while cultivating referrals and referral sources.
    19. Organized and works efficiently with minimal supervision.  Is a self-starter who demonstrates flexibility, motivation, initiative, and commitment. Ensures required assigned education is finished in the specified time.
    20. Identifies and contributes to the development of new ideas and approaches to improve the work process.
    21. Participates in QAPI activities as needed.
    22. Exemplifies Hospice of Southern Illinois core values in daily practice.
    23. Appropriately manages Paid Time Off.
    24. Timely and accurate timesheet documentation according to Policy and Standards of Performance.
    25. Other duties as assigned.
    Insurance and Benefit Information for the Hospice Field Staff LPN Position:
    • Paid Time Off (PTO) 
    • Extended Illness Benefits (EIB)
    • Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthcare Medical Insurance. Company pays 90% of the employee’s health insurance premiums and contributes 15% towards the health insurance premiums for spouses or children.
    • FLEX Spending/FSA for Traditional PPO Health Insurance Plans
    • HSAs for High Deductible Health Insurance Plans with an employer contribution
    • Blue Cross Blue Shield Dental Insurance
    • Monthly Cell Phone Allowance
    • Mileage Reimbursement of .62 ½  cents per mile
    • VSP Vision Insurance
    • 403(b) Retirement Plan with a company match up to 3% in 2022.
    • Mutual of Omaha Basic Life and AD&D insurance (Paid for by the company)
    • Mutual of Omaha Voluntary Supplemental Life Insurance for the employee, spouse, or children
    • Mutual of Omaha Short-Term Disability
    • Mutual of Omaha Long-Term Disability (Paid for by the company)
    • Employee Assistance Program from Mine & Associates
    • Tuition Reimbursement of $3,500 after one year of employment for approved courses
    • McKendree University 10% Tuition Discount
    • Recruitment Referral Reward Program
    • Discounts from select companies (auto, cellphone, etc.)
    • Earn Burgundy Bucks which can be spent on items such as clothing and services in the Employee Portal
    • Wellness Reimbursement of $100 annually for gym memberships, marathons, and weight loss programs