South Florida Hospital News
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May 2008 - Volume 4 - Issue 11




Hospice of Palm Beach County Nurses: Role Models for Compassionate Care

Hospice of Palm Beach County nursing staff embody key guiding principles: Patients and Families First; Trying Your Best Every Day; Doing Whatever It Takes; and Respect - and practice these values in all that they do – whether they are directly caring for patients and families or supporting those who do. These practices impact internal relationships as well as the quality of care delivered.

Registered Nurses are responsible for coordinating all services for patients, working with the other disciplines on the team – physicians, pharmacists, social workers, music therapists, integrative therapists, chaplains and volunteers. Direct nursing services include assessment, teaching, administering medications, evaluation of the disease process, emotional support for the patient and the family and other treatments as ordered by the Physician. Nursing services emphasize palliative (comfort) care for pain and symptom management. Hospice Nurses, both Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses, make visits to the patient's place of residence as determined by the plan of care. Nurses are also on call twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week, to respond promptly to any questions or problems. Certified Nursing Assistants provide personal care to the patient such as giving showers, baths, providing skin care and personal hygiene. He or she can assist with daily living activities. The Nursing Assistant works under the supervision of the Registered Nurse.

Lake Worth High School Medical Magnet students experienced the "Day in the Life of a Nurse" with Hospice of Palm Beach County staff.

As an employer, it is key to provide the support and resources needed for employees to do their jobs. Hospice of Palm Beach County offers a competitive salary and extensive benefit program. In addition to health, dental and life insurance, short and long term disability, and a pension plan, employees receive continuing education, referral and preceptor bonuses, tuition reimbursement, comprehensive educational training for clinical staff, prep classes for certification in palliative and hospice care, and participate in a recognition program for exemplifying the Hospice of Palm Beach County values.

Hospice of Palm Beach County’s programs for nursing students inspire young men and women to consider nursing as a profession. Students from Florida Atlantic University, Palm Beach Atlantic College, Palm Beach Community College and South University participate in these programs. The Student Orientation Program provides the environment and resources conducive for learning to enhance the education of students in the care of the dying. Students receive education and training with staff and patients for two to six days during the course of their studies over a semester. Seventy-six college students participated in this program last semester.

The Nurse Externship Program (supervised practice) enhances the education of nursing student externs or newly graduated nurses. Nurses successfully completing this program have the ability to fill vacant nursing positions. One to four students have participated in this program each year during the last four years.

Hospice of Palm Beach County nurses are recognized for their efforts within their profession and the community. The Palm Healthcare Foundation Annual Nursing Distinction awards for 2008 include: Lisa Bottke, RN-C, CHPN, Clinical Nurse Educator as a finalist for the Extra Mile award and Sandra Moncayo, LPN, CHPLN, Continuous Care Charge Nurse as a finalist for the LPN of the Year award. Hospice of Palm Beach County nurse Jimmy Smith was the winner of the 2007 Nurse of the Year award and the Extra Mile Award.

Hospice of Palm Beach County understands the importance of a well-trained, seasoned, and compassionate workforce. The nursing staff play a vital role in securing healthcare providers for the future.

For employment opportunities with Hospice of Palm Beach County, call (561) 988-2704 or visit
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