Nurse Practitioner in Meridian, ID at Compassus

Date Posted: 5/27/2018

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Job Description

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At Compassus, our mission is to provide hospice care to terminally ill patients and their families with Compassion, Integrity, and Excellence. The Colleagues of Compassus are committed to keeping The Hospice Promise by delivering the highest quality of care, serving the needs of patients and families and spreading the stories of hospice to those whom they come into contact. Our goal is to provide the greatest possible comfort and care for those who experience one of life’s most intimate and challenging moments.

Compassus also provides palliative care to improve quality of life for patients and families who may also be seeking aggressive treatment for their serious illness. Compassus palliative care services can offer relief from symptoms and pain and a care plan based on your values and needs.


The Nurse Practitioner is responsible for modeling the 3 Company values of Compassion, Integrity, and Excellence, and for promoting the Hospice Compassus philosophy, using the 6 Pillars of success as the foundation.  S/he is responsible for upholding the Code of Ethical Conduct and for promoting positive working relationships within the Program, between the Program and other Company departments, and between the Program and all external stakeholders.  The Nurse Practitioner functions as an extension of the IDT and hospice physician to provide routine recertification and emergency assessments, educational, and evaluative services to meet the needs of patients and their families. S/he helps the patient and family maintain their maximum level of comfort and coping.  He/she flexes schedule to meet agency visit needs and may be asked to provide after hours emergency visits and/ or admissions.  S/he is responsible for applying the rules and regulations of state and federal regulatory agencies and other certified agencies.


  • Supports agency and corporate policies, goals, and objectives. 
  • Promotes a positive working relationship between agency and corporate personnel.
  • Attends and participates in staff meetings, educational programs and community events, as requested.
  • Promotes hospice philosophy.
  • Communicates identified needs and potential solutions to supervisor.
  • Performs routine and emergency assessments.
  • Completes routine and emergency recertification visits on each patient entering their 3rd benefit period or beyond (including admissions and transfers)
  • Completes routine and emergency assessments on each patient as indicated by departmental policy.
  • Records observations, treatments, and other pertinent information.
  • Communicates with Medical Director, Attending Physician, DCS and IDT as directed regarding finding from the visits and any measures to alleviate symptoms.
  • Provides physical and emotional care to support the patient and family in period of crisis.
  • Prevents unwarranted hospitalizations by meeting patient and family needs in the home.
  • In our programs that serve palliative care, the additional following outpatient responsibilities are needed:
  • Performs routine and emergency assessments related to outpatient palliative care visits.
  • Performs bedside palliative care patient/family evaluation in the patient’s place of residence.
  • Assists with diagnosis, treatment, and management of acute and chronic health conditions.
  • Orders, performs, and interprets laboratory and radiology tests within scope of professional practice.
  • Prescribes medications including controlled substances to the extent delegated and licensed.
  • Orders treatments and durable medical equipment as indicated.
  • Performs other therapeutic or corrective measures as indicated, including urgent care.
  • Consults with palliative care physician or designees as needed, informs primary physician of services provided and collaborate with other physicians as needed.
  • Assists in all facets of care coordination for palliative care referrals.
  • Prepares and maintains accurate patient records, charts, and documents to support sound medical practice and reimbursement for services provided.
  • Complies with applicable laws and regulations with respect to Collaborative Agreements.
  • Initiates reimbursement for services rendered.
  • Assists patients and families with goal setting related to treatment options and advanced care planning.
  • Provides training and continuing education for staff.
  • Assists in development of clinical practice guidelines/standards in support of quality palliative care.
  • Adheres to the practice of confidentiality regarding patients, families, staff and the


  • Collaborates/ Communicates with Medical Director, Attending Physician, DCS and IDT.
  • Collaborates/ Communicates with IDT needs of patient for clinical and psycho-social interventions.
  • Assists in identifying the need for intervention of other IDT members.
  • Effectively communicates patient and family needs to IDT.
  • Completes and submits required paper work within 24 hours of visit completion.
  • Educates patient and caregiver regarding: 
  • Care of patient.
  • Disease process.
  • Dying Process
  • Symptom control.
  • Wound care.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS   To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, decimals, and percentages.
  • Ability to read, write, and speak English fluently. Strong written and verbal communications.  Ability to document as required by regulations.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
  • Ability to successfully write reports and business correspondence.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from Leaders, Colleagues, patients and family members, and the general public.
  • Ability to define problems, understand and collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in a variety of forms and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, to include some evenings and weekends.
  • Must be able to travel.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of information, such as patient and Company files.

Education and/or Experience

Nurse Practitioner with a current nurse practitioner license in state of employment.  Minimum one year nursing practice or equivalent experience required. Hospice, Oncology, or Home Health and/or long-term care preferred.

State Specifics:

  • All States except Iowa: Current collaborative physician agreement in place.

Other Qualifications

Possess strong leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills.  Must be of high integrity including maintenance of confidential information including all personnel and patient records.

Certifications, Licenses and Registrations

Nurse Practitioner License in state of employment. Must have a valid driver's license and auto liability insurance.

Other Skills and Abilities

Good Communication skills. Understanding and acceptance of hospice philosophy.  Ability to flex schedule to respond to emergency and/or temporary staffing needs for on call needs of the patients.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a colleague to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the colleague is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; talk and hear. The colleague frequently is required to stand, sit, and reach with hands and arms. The colleague is occasionally required to walk; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. The colleague must frequently lift and/or move than 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a colleague encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

There will be possible exposure to infectious diseases. Circumstances can be unpredictable in patient's or family's home.  The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. Frequent driving is required.

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