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 for the following positions.

Hospice:

 

Certified Agency:

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

The Chief Operating Officer provides administrative oversight of agency operations by assisting the CEO as delegated. The COO acts on behalf of the CEO in the absence of the CEO and is designated as liaison between all program directors and the CEO.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Coordinates communication among Program Managers for all departments of the agency.
  2. Assumes direct supervisory responsibility for departments and/or programs of the agency as delegated by the CEO.
  3. Prepares ongoing summary reports to the CEO of agency service activity, performance outcomes, and activities of Finance, HR, and IT departments.
  4. Participates in management meetings and attends Board meetings.
  5. Works with CEO to monitor agency operations to measure progress against agency Strategic Plan.
  6. Assumes direct responsibility as Team Leader as delegated for identified Actions on the Agency Action Plan.
  7. Identifies problem areas in operating systems and related processes and recommends appropriate solutions to address.
  8. Identifies agenda items to be addressed in management meetings.
  9. Communicates and interprets to management team all changes and executive decisions; implements governing body directives or policies as directed by CEO.
  10. Assists in the preparation of reports, proposals, contracts, manuals, policies and procedures as necessary in accordance with state, local, and federal guidelines.
  11. Keeps current on all regulations impacting the agency; complies with applicable laws and regulations.
  12. Keeps current with industry trends and informs CEO and management team of same.
  13. Establishes, develops, and maintains professional, business, and community contacts, and coordinates the agency's activities with those of other community health and welfare agencies.
  14. Represents the organization to other groups, agencies, and the general public, and ensures accuracy of public information materials.
  15. Participates in the development of marketing strategies and plans.
  16. Represents the agency at appropriate conferences and accepts speaking engagements to promote the activities of the VNSHS.
  17. Assists with planning and negotiation of contracts with agencies and/or related health care organizations for the purpose of providing or improving community service.
  18. Participates in professional membership organizations and attends conferences as requested.
  19. Coordinates accreditation survey recommendations and implementation of resulting action plans with QAPI and management staff.
  20. Ensures appropriate service policies and procedures are developed and implemented to accomplish identified outcomes.

Qualifications/Professional Requirements:

  • Educational experience to include a baccalaureate degree in nursing or health related field, master's degree preferred.
  • Experience in Community Health or related health care delivery system.
  • Administrative experience in home care and/or hospice preferred.
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws as they relate to home care and hospice
  • Excellent writing and speaking communication ability.
  • Computer literacy and adeptness.

Director of Performance Improvement and Education (Full Time)

The Director of Performance Improvement and Education is responsible for the oversight of performance improvement and education activities at Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk, Inc. The Director of Performance Improvement also serves as the agencies Compliance Officer.

Qualifications:

  • Registered Professional Nurse currently licensed in New York State.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing or other health related field from an accredited college or university required, Master’s degree preferred.
  • Demonstrates leadership and decision making abilities.
  • Committed to the provision of quality care.
  • Familiar with home care and its implementation.
  • Skilled communicator.
  • Flexible, innovative, and autonomous professional.
  • Minimum of two years’ experience in a supervisory capacity in a Certified Home Health Agency OR 2 years of home care nursing experience, plus a master degree in nursing, public health, business administration or another health related field.

Clinical Manager

The CHHA Clinical Manager is responsible for the oversight of a clinical interdisciplinary team which includes planning, controlling, organizing and leading the team in the provision of effective and efficient clinical services.

The Clinical Manager supervises, supports, and educates staff at the point of service in the field.

Qualifications:

  • RN licensure with current registration to practice as a Registered Professional Nurse in New York State
  • Baccalaureate degree in Nursing or related field preferred.
  • Two years' experience in home care and a Baccalaureate degree or the following combination of education, experience, and/or training: Four years' experience in home care, and six credit hours, or the equivalent of education/training in public health and principles of management.
  • Computer skills.
  • Familiar with home care and its implementation.

Skilled in the techniques of therapeutic communication.

Licensed Practical Nurse

Hourly Licensed Practical Nurse - Hourly

Position Summary:

The Licensed Practical Nurse will provide skilled service, under the direction of a Registered Nurse, following the LPN Practice Act.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Provides skilled services to VNSHS patients, under the direction of the RN, as evidenced by:

  • Adherence to infection control practices and agency policies and procedures
  • Use of chronic disease management and health promotion strategies
  • Use of motivational interviewing techniques
  • Use of telehealth
  • Demonstration of observation, measurement, recording and reporting indications of the patient's health status, medication administration and performance of direct patient care

2. Demonstrates effective and timely communication as evidenced by effective use of voice mail and e-mail

3. Demonstrates timely documentation as evidenced by:

  • Use of the computer in the home
  • Notes are locked and synchronized for processing within 24 hours of visit
  • Timely submission of requests for insurance authorization when directed by the RN case manager
  • Clear documentation of client's progress towards goals and response to interventions

4. Functions as a weekend and holiday staff back up

5. Demonstrates commitment to their team and VNSHS as evidenced by:

  • Supports and promotes the mission of VNSHS
  • Represents the agency in a professional manner and follows the uniform policy
  • Flexibility in scheduling with a focus on meeting patient needs
  • Participation in continuing education (minimum of 3 hours per calendar year), attending annual competency and all mandatory in-services
  • Attendance at team meetings

6. Employee adheres to all applicable federal, state, local laws and regulations.

7. Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

    • New York State License and current registration as a Licensed Practical Nurse.
    • 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 an LPN
    • Ability to function as an LPN, under the direction of a Registered Nurse and to work well with others.
    • Flexibility.

Physical/Cognitive 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

RNs • Home Health Care (Full Time)

Full Time Home Health Care RN

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 Responsibilities 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.

Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurse (WOCN)

Summary:

The WOCN provides consultation to all programs for wound, ostomy and incontinence patients according to WOCN Standards. The WOCN establishes and updates the standards of care and assists to formulate clinical competencies to ensure best practices are used to meet patient needs in the area of wound, ostomy and incontinence management.

Qualifications:

  • Registered Professional Nurse currently registered and licensed to practice nursing in NYS.
  • Baccalaureate in Nursing required.
  • Completion and current certification from approved WOCN program.
  • Minimum of one year of nursing in home care.
  • Must be familiar with home care and its implementation.
  • Skilled in the ability to observe and assess the health care needs of patients.
  • Skilled in techniques of therapeutic communication.
  • Able to function autonomously as well as to work well with others.

Staff Physical Therapist (Full Time)

The Staff Physical Therapist will provide rehabilitative services and case management oversight to a variety of home care patients.

Qualifications:

  • New York State License and current registration as a physical therapist.
  • 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 physical therapist.
  • Flexible and able to work well with others as well as to function autonomously.

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.

Staff Occupational Therapy (Full time)

Staff 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.