Career Opportunities

Our clinical staff has the support of an interdisciplinary team, which consists of experienced, health care professionals and volunteers that are committed to providing patients with the best possible care from the time they are admitted until the time they are discharged from our program.

If you want to make a difference in the lives of patients and join a caring, dynamic group of professionals, please take a look at the job opportunities listed below. Applicants may send a resume by email to jobs@vnshs.org or by fax to (631) 912-1113.

We are hiring Hospice and CHHA RNs as well as the following positions.

Hospice:

Certified Agency:

RNs • Full Time Home Health Care RN

Full Time Home Health Care RN

Full Time (Sun–TH or Tue– Sat). The CHHA Registered Nurse is responsible for:

  • The Staff Registered Nurse will provide skilled service and case management oversight to a variety of home care patients

Qualifications/Professional Requirements

  1. New York State license and current registration as a registered nurse.
  2. Able to comply with the New York State regulatory requirements to provide patient care
  3. Able to comply with all VNSHS policies, procedures and standards of conduct.
  4. Current (within the last two years) adult medical- surgical experience as an RN, BSN preferred
  5. Flexible and able to work well with others as well as function autonomously

RNs Responsiblities and Duties:

  1. Provide quality nursing care to Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice Of Suffolk, Inc. patients with special emphasis on pain and symptom management and end of life care
  2. Assist in orientation of new staff, precept nursing students, and participate in in-service programs, volunteer training programs
  3. Evaluate own needs for support and use identified system to meet the need
  4. Advocate for comfort needs of the hospice patient with primary physicians

CLINICAL SKILLS:

  1. Assess patient’s families and/or caregivers’ ability to manage patient care.  Teach family members and/or caregiver in the care of the terminally ill
  2. Assess all of patient’s physical, functional, ADL, psychosocial, spiritual, communication, risk for pathological grief, cultural, and environmental needs upon admission related to the terminal diagnosis
  3. Consult with and educate the patient and family regarding the disease process, self-care techniques, prevention strategies, end of life care, and process to deal with issues of ethical concern
  4. Initiate appropriate preventive and rehabilitative nursing procedures
  5. Provide specialized hospice training to other staff and family members, informal caregivers to ensure adequate care
  6. Keep current regarding criteria for admission and recertification to hospice care or change in level of care
  7. Communicate information using current process and technology available to the organization

COORDINATION SKILLS:

  1. Participate in the development and revision of the patient’s care plan with members of the IDG, based on the assessment
  2. Coordinate all patient/family services and prioritization of needs with the members of the interdisciplinary team
  3. Maintain knowledge of criteria for employing case management approach and referral to other services as needed in a timely fashion.  Make appropriate referrals both inside and outside the Agency
  4. Inform the physician and other personnel of changes in the patient’s needs and outcomes of interventions
  5. Determine intermittent visits based on acuity and level of care needed
  6. Supervise LPNs and paraprofessionals providing services to the patient according to regulation guidelines
  7. Provide on-going evaluation of patient/family response to care
  8. Participate in weekly IDG meetings, utilization review
  9. Maintain communication with Hospice Clinical Manager and other team members regarding patient status
  10. Communication between hospice and other health care providers including plan for termination

DOCUMENTATION SKILLS:  

  1. Completes required documentation
  2. Document all interventions in a timely manner, notes demonstrate progress toward goal(s)
  3. Submits patient profile, medication profile and 485 worksheet within 24 hours of admission.  Complete admission chart – due within 72 hours.
  4. Documents in a complete, concise manner, addressing all appropriate areas of documentation
  5. Promptly responds to corrections needed
  6. Performs peer chart review as requested by supervisor
  7. Submits discharges in a timely manner

QUALIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL REQUIREMENTS*:

  1. New York State license with current registration as a Registered Nurse.
  2. Minimum of one year experience in an acute care setting.
  3. Minimum of three months of home health care experience. Consideration of other experience and educational preparation will be at the discretion of the Clinical Manager.
  4. Knowledge of cancer, pain management, and Hospice concept.
  5. Desire to provide quality Hospice care and minister to the special needs of the terminally ill patients and their families.
  6. Ability to function autonomously as well as to work well as an integral member of the Interdisciplinary Team.

*Registered Nurses with Baccalaureate degrees in Nursing can use the title “Community Health Nurse” or CHN or “Public Health Nurse” or PHN.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: 

Physical agility in the form of being able to ambulate, drive a motor vehicle, and negotiate stairs.  Vision acuity correctable to normal with normal color perception.  Hearing acuity correctable to normal.  Acute sense of smell for normal perception.  Ability to verbalize so that the average person can comprehend.

 WORK ENVIRONMENT: 

Regular exposure to patient elements, occasional stress, and weather variations.

COGNITIVE REQUIREMENTS: 

Ability to comprehend and integrate Agency’s policies and procedures.  Awareness of Nursing Standards of Practice and adherence to same. Provides direct care according to the established patient plan of care and delegates care by other staff. Carries out a wide variety of complex and involved treatments, procedures, and examinations.

Hospice RNs

The Hospice Registered Nurse is responsible for:
  • The assessment of the patient's health status and health care needs
  • The planning, providing, and evaluating of multi-faceted quality nursing care for hospice patients with special emphasis on pain and symptom management and end of life care,
  • The coordination of care among those involved with the patient
  • The communication with the patient's physician regarding nursing findings and patient's needs
  • The adherence to nursing standards of practice, including agency policies and infection control procedures
  • The timely completion of required documentation, and professional performance, including quality of practice, educational preparation and advancement, ethical considerations, collaborative work, resource utilization, and leadership skills.   

Qualifications/Professional Requirements

  1. New York State license with current registration as a Registered Nurse.
  2. Minimum of one year experience in an acute care setting.
  3. Minimum of three months of home health care experience (consideration of other experience and educational preparation will be at the discretion of the Hospice Clinical Manager).
  4. Educational background and work experience in accordance with any applicable regulatory requirements.
  5. Compliance with applicable laws, regulations and all agency policies, procedures and standards of conduct.
  6. Knowledge of cancer, pain management, and the Hospice concept.
  7. Desire to provide quality Hospice care and minister to the special needs of the terminally ill patients and their families.
  8. Ability to function autonomously, as well as an integral member of the interdisciplinary team. Applicants must be proficient in computer basics. VNSHS will provide an extensive orientation and many training opportunities.
  9. Flexibility

Physical Therapy (independent Contractors)

The Physical Therapist (independent Contractors ) is responsible for:

  • Providing rehabilitation services to patients in their places of residence
  • Providing service in accordance with a plan of care to promote positive therapeutic outcomes.

Qualifications/Professional Requirements

  1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with major specialization in physical therapy or baccalaureate degree with physical therapy certificate.
  2. New York State license and current registration as a physical therapist.
  3. Previous experience as a physical therapist in home care, in a hospital, in a nursing home, or other setting.

STAFF PHYSICAL THERAPISTS ASSISTANT

Staff Physical Therapists Assistant

We are seeking to hire a Staff Physical Therapy Assistant to provide rehabilitative services as directed by the Physical Therapist, to a variety of home care patients. PTA's can perform interventions and patient related activities assigned by the PT, perform data collection and record change in status, and progress the patient within the framework of the plan of care set by the PT.

Qualifications/Professional Requirements

  • Certification in NYS as a Certified PTA and current license to practice in NYS.
  • Able to comply with the New York State regulatory requirements to provide patient care.
  • Able to comply with all VNSHS policies, procedures and standards of conduct.
  • Previous experience as a PTA.
  • Flexible and able to work well with others as well as to function autonomously.

 

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

The Occupational Therapist is responsible for:

  • Providing services designed to enable the patient to achieve his/her optimal level of self care and productivity.
  • Providing rehabilitation in accordance with a plan of care to promote positive therapeutic outcomes.

Qualifications/Professional Requirements

  1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with major specialization in Occupational Therapy.
  2. New York State license and current registration as an Occupational Therapist.
  3. Previous experience as an Occupational Therapist in home care, in a hospital, in a nursing home, or other setting.

 

Hourly Home Health Aides

Are you looking for a new rewarding career, or are you already a certified HHA? VNSHS is looking for people who want to make a difference in someone's life. HHA training classes are available...we offer a great working environment, so come join the caring, dynamic team at VNSHS.

The Home Health Aide is responsible for:

  • Rendering personal care and assistance to VNSHS patients under the direction of a Registered Nurse and under orders from the patient’s physician
  • Reporting changes in the patient’s condition or situation to the Home Health Aide Supervisor and/or primary Nurse
  • Adherence to agency’s policies
  • Timely submission of paperwork Home

Health Aides must have a Home Health Aide Certificate.

Benefits

HIP medical coverage - those hourly employees who work a minimum of 20 hours per week (and have done so for 3 months/six pay periods) are eligible for this coverage. The Agency pays 50% of the cost of single coverage for the employee.