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Intake Nurse Coordinator (LPN)

Overview
The Intake Nurse Coordinator coordinates referrals and develops appropriate home care plans together with physician, referring organizations, patient and family, in compliance with applicable laws, regulations and agency policies.
Responsibilities
Carries out the agency's mission, philosophy, goals and objectives within guidelines of Agency policy and position function.
Interprets and implements the Agency's philosophy to staff and members of the community.
Works with the Hospitals, Rehabilitation Centers, Social Workers, discharge planners, and nurses to assess the patient's home care needs.
Interviews patient and family to assess the patient's/family's understanding of illness, the home environment and available support system.
Evaluates patient's level of comprehension, if procedures and/or treatment need to be performed, (e.g. insulin injections, dressing, ostomy care).
Discusses with appropriate resources, the treatment in hospital, and the patient's response to illness.
Explains home health agency services and policies to patient and family.
Identifies insurance coverage and financial resources to cover home care, if not covered by third party payor.
Make referrals to other agencies, if additional services are needed, or if patient is not appropriate for admission.
Assists discharge planners in coordinating special services before patient's discharge, if needed (i.e., IV Therapy, respiratory, etc.).
Assures that the Agency is ready to meet the patient's needs on admission.
Assists and coordinates the establishment of a home care plan prior to discharge, including assessment of the appropriateness of requested services, medical supplies and appliances necessary to carry out the initial plan of care.
In coordination with the Nurse Educator, arranges for the Agency staff to learn unfamiliar procedures/problems related to the patients care, if necessary.
Works with community referral sources to coordinate home care planning, including verification of insurance coverage, physician credentials and completion of physician's orders.
Provides direct nursing services according to established plan of care in conjunction with Agency policies, as needed.
Prepares and submits all clinical records, reports and statistical data in a timely manner consistent with Agency policies.
Provides feedback to hospitals health team after the patient's discharge.
Participates in orientation of Agency staff.
Makes home visits as needed.
Participates on Agency committees as requested.
Participates in Performance Improvement Activities process and peer record reviews.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Qualifications
Current New York State License to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse or Registered Nurse.
Baccalaureate degree in Nursing preferred.
One year of community health experience in a Certified Home Health Agency (CHHA) or Long Term Home Health Care Program (LTHHCP) preferred.
Current Driver's License, required insurance and car available for work as required.

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