Closing Date: Ongoing
Interview Date: Flexible to meet the needs of the candidate
Could you make a real difference to patients and their families at the end of life?
Do you want to join the St Leonard’s Hospice Team providing excellent care to patients from York and the surrounding area at the end of life?
This is an ideal opportunity for experienced Registered Nurses who would like to extend and develop their palliative and end of life care skills. You will have the opportunity to work with highly skilled staff across our services (Hospice @ Home and In-Patient Unit). Specifically, these roles will be initially required on the In Patient Unit.
You will be highly motivated, dynamic and enthusiastic, and possess excellent communication skills and be able to respond appropriately to emotionally challenging situations.
Excellent nursing skills, record keeping and medicines management are an essential part of the role and previous experience in palliative and end of life care would be an advantage, however, a comprehensive induction programme and on-going mentorship are offered.
The Hospice provides a full programme of both statutory and mandatory training for all nursing staff, the vast majority of which is delivered in-house.
MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- To maintain a multi-disciplinary team approach to the individualised care of the patient and maintain high standards of nursing care.
- To assess the needs of the patient and his/her family taking into account his/her physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.
- To be responsible for planning, delivering and evaluating the effectiveness of care given to patients.
- To maintain accurate written records of care, communicating all necessary information to other team members.
- To maintain strict confidentiality.
- To participate fully in the setting, implementation and monitoring of formal standards of practice and to be involved, when required, in clinical governance and audit.
- To comply with the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council with regard to Professional Registration and to Post-Registration professional education and revalidation.
- Communicate appropriately with all patients, visitors and staff, liaise with other departments and agencies and attend departmental meetings as requested.
- Maintain safe custody of the patient’s property/valuables according to Hospice policy.
- To participate in research projects as required.
- To participate in full rotation across all shifts including nights.
- To maintain a caring and mutually supportive working environment for all members of staff and volunteers, being sensitive to the emotional needs of colleagues and giving appropriate support to them.
- To maintain accurate records with regard to the administration and custody of drugs on the unit. To implement all statutory and unit policies relating to drugs.
- To maintain high standards of safety within the unit, reporting any hazardous occurrences or equipment.
- To report all accidents, incidents, complaints and untoward occurrences, keeping statutory and unit records as required.
- To take charge of the inpatient unit with support from senior colleagues following an appropriate period of assimilation.
- To observe fire precautions and procedures as outlined in the Hospice Policy.
- To welcome both professional and other visitors to the unit.
- To observe unit policies on holidays, sickness and absence.
- To exercise care and economy in the use of property and equipment.
- To assist in the teaching of new staff and volunteers so that they are able to function fully within the team.
- To attend relevant courses or study days when required.
- To participate in the teaching and guidance of visiting professionals eg Student Nurses, Social Workers and Post Graduate Students.
- To communicate skills learnt on secondment or study leave to other members of staff.
- To access and positively engage in role-related e-learning as directed by line manager and Lead Nurse for Education.