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Intake Registered Nurse (Per Diem)

Overview

The Intake Registered Nurse evaluates patients referred to VNSNY Home Care program to determine appropriateness of admission. Promotes and fosters ongoing collaborative communication system with institutional personnel to establish coordinated home care. Manages and facilitates the safe and timely transfer of patients from a hospital or skilled nursing facility to the care of the Agency.


Responsibilities
  • Evaluates patients referred to VNSNY Home Care to determine appropriateness for admission and accepts or rejects patients based on Agency’s admission criteria. Assesses and recommends accepted practice standards in accordance with established VNSNY policies and procedures

  • Establishes and promotes ongoing collaborative communication system and works with institutional personnel (i.e., physicians, discharge planners, social workers, registered nurses, utilization review staff, dietitians, etc.) to establish a coordinated home care plan prior to patient’s discharge

  • Establishes a definitive home care plan in collaboration with the Coordinator of Care (“COC”), and makes clinical assessment of the appropriateness of the requested services, medical supplies and appliances, based on goals mutually acceptable to the patient and family, care provider, etc. for the optimal patient benefit. Ensures that appropriate supplies and/or medical equipment are readily available in patients’ homes prior to discharge

  • Explains the Agency's policies and services to patient and responsible family member(s) and advocates following home care assessment and referral. Supports and ensures adherence to the philosophy, mission and vision of the Agency through attitude and work ethics

  • Determines coverage for requested home health services, confirms coverage availability with third party insurance, and informs patient or family member of source(s) and extent of coverage, and interprets reimbursement and coverage issues to hospital staff

  • Compiles patient information from medical records and/or patients, submits requested information to Referral Services or regional intake, and verifies eligibility, insurance information and the acceptance of cases. Provides patients and family members with written information on how to contact the Agency between time of hospital discharge and initial home visit

  • Notifies VNSNY Home Care management of patients’ acceptance for service and provides intake data, essential background information, care plan and signed medical orders. Develops implements and evaluates systems to handle the management of referrals between the source of referral and VNSNY Home Care to promote continuity of care


Qualifications

Licensure: License and current registration to practice as a Registered Professional Nurse, in New York State required.

Education: Diploma in Nursing from a state approved program or Associate’s Degree in Nursing from a state approved program with at least one year experience as a full-time staff nurse in a medical or surgical nursing area or Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from a approved program accredited by the National League of Nursing or Bachelor’s Degree from a non-approved program supplemented by content which can be equated to the approved program required.

Experience: Minimum of one year of clinical nursing experience in a homecare, hospital or long term care facility preferred.


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ABOUT US

The Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) is the nation's largest not-for-profit home- and community-based health care organization, serving the five boroughs of New York City, and Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Countries. For over 125 years, VNSNY has been committed to improving the health and well-being of people through high-quality, cost effective healthcare in the home and community. We offer a wide range of services, programs, and health plans to meet the diverse needs of our patients, members, and clients from before birth to the end of life. Each day, more than 13,000 VNSNY employees - including nurses, rehabilitation therapists, social workers, other allied professionals, and paraprofessionals - deliver compassionate care, unparalleled medical expertise, and 24/7 solutions and resources to more than 44,000 patients and members, helping them to live the best lives possible in their homes and communities.