Hospice Buffalo
  • Essential Care
  • Orchard Park, NY, USA
  • Full Time

Essential Care for Children is a home-based palliative (symptom control) care program that provides coordination of medical services, as well as psychosocial, emotional and spiritual support to seriously ill children and their families. Essential Care is for infants through adolescents.

The Essential Care RN Manager is responsible for the daily management and oversight of services provided to patients in the Essential Care for Children program including the perinatal, palliative care, and hospice service lines. Manages and coordinates with the interdisciplinary team and is responsible for the clinical oversight and supervision of staff on the interdisciplinary team. In collaboration with the CCOO, assists with program development and outreach strategies to promote program growth and access to services for children dealing with serious illness in the community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Handles recruiting, hiring, periodically evaluating and terminating agency personnel, making staffing pattern recommendations to assure adequate, appropriate and clinically competent staffing levels are maintained.
  • Maintains current working knowledge of state and federal hospice regulations
  • Assists in the preparation of the annual budget and promotes cost containment within the team including responsibility for budget variances.
  • Collaborates with the CCOO and Director of QI on the implementation of an agency wide Continuous Quality Improvement Program and assists in multiple monitoring activities that are both patient and organizational focused to promote clinical quality and regulatory compliance.
  • Uses leadership position to set positive, attainable expectations, objectives and goals for staff development using a performance improvement process.
  • Coordinates the implementation of care and services to meet the physical, psycho-social, and spiritual needs of children in the hospice programs.
  • Coordinates palliative care interventions in collaboration with the IDG and the patient's primary physician and medical team consistent with perinatal/palliative care program goals; verifiable through outcome measures such as Patient Satisfaction Survey, Utilization Measures, and Clinical Outcomes.
  • Facilitates an efficient and effective IDG Team meeting that is focused on both patient-family goals of care.
  • Meets quality improvement standards relative to chart audits for regulatory and patient care compliance.
  • Assures timely completion of all hospice recertifications and assists the IDG Team in documenting patient's status and needs to appropriately support ongoing hospice care.
  • Prepares staffing schedules as appropriate and anticipates staffing profile needs. Assures 24/7 nurse on-call availability for both phone and direct patient contact.
  • Manages, instructs, and directs those who supervise and or deliver patient care in order to assure staff adheres to job duty performance in the provision of service to patients.
  • Responds to clinical on-call needs with appropriate interventions and staff guidance.
  • Adheres to requirements of HPCB policies and procedures that are both patient focused (clinical) and organizational focused (administrative); Adheres to HIPAA regulations and policies. Assures the security of patient electronic/written records.
  • Maintains an appropriate schedule of supervisory field visits and ensures that staff adhere to yearly DOH mandatory requirements.
  • Shares in the weekday and weekend on call rotation responsibilities. Occasionally called on to perform patient visits, independently or jointly with other IDG members


  • Education / Certification

Graduate of an accredited school of nursing with current RN licensure in the State of New York.

BSN preferred.

Certification in pediatric Hospice and Palliative Nursing (CHPPN) encouraged within 1-2 years of employment.

Valid Driver's License, free of serious violations, and vehicle required for use when on duty or on-call.

  • Experience

Minimum of three (3) years of clinical nursing experience required.

Pediatric experience preferred.

Hospice offers a Robust Total Rewards Package

  • Employer 401k contribution regardless of employee participation, and match on employee contributions there after
  • Health Insurance with vision component copayment plan, or high deductible plan
  • HSA with high deductible health plan twice annual Employer contribution
  • Dental Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Paid Time Off PTO & NYS Sick Leave
  • Tuition Assistance Program
  • And Much More!
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