LPNs & RNs for Home Health, Hospice & Palliative Care

Detailed Information

LPNs & RNs for Home Health, Hospice & Palliative Care – FT

Every Other Weekend & Every Other Minor Holiday Rotation Required

Job Posting

Job Summary:

The LPNs and RNs make initial and ongoing assessments of the patient/family needs and carries out interventions in accordance with National Association of Hospice and Palliative Care Standards, Home Healthcare regulations, the interdisciplinary plan of care and Agency policy.


  • Identifies the patient/family’s physical, psychosocial, and environmental needs.
  • Communicates with the physician regarding the patient’s needs and reports changes in the patient’s condition; obtains physician’s orders as required.
  • Supports and instructs the patient/family in Hospice philosophy and/or palliative care of the patient.
  • Documents problems, appropriate goals, interventions, and patient/family response to Hospice or palliative care and modifies plan of care appropriately.
  • Coordinates all patient/family services provided by Hospice, including pharmaceuticals, DME and supplies.
  • Serves as consultant and resource to other Agency staff regarding the Hospice philosophy and palliative care as well as symptom and pain management for the terminally ill.
  • Works closely with other Hospice or palliative care team members.
  • Keeps Clinical Manager informed of patient/family needs and concerns.
  • Answers all incoming calls in a manner appropriate to the nature of the call, completes admits, and makes follow-up visits on patients admitted the day prior; as necessary. Assists in referrals and inquiries for services, rapidly identifies the caller’s needs, and takes proper action to assure the caller’s needs are handled appropriately.
  • Utilizes a combination of agency resources and rationally recognizes standards of practice to achieve excellent pain and symptom management and high-quality end-of-life care.
  • Introduces Hospice Volunteers to patient/families as requested and provides information to volunteers regarding patient needs and limitations.
  • Offers support and consultation to volunteers as needed.
  • Participates in Hospice training for Agency clinical staff and volunteers.
  • Maintains Hospice expertise through continuing education.

Education and Experience:

  • LPN or RN licensed in the State of Rhode Island & Massachusetts.  If not licensed in Massachusetts at time of hire, employee has 1 year from hire date to obtain a Massachusetts Nursing license.
  • Minimum – 2 years of experience in nursing, preferably in Hospice or Home Care.
  • Completion of Hospice Staff training in lieu of Hospice experience.
  • Certification in Hospice and Palliative Care desirable.


In addition to meeting the qualifications of a professional Staff Nurse, the Hospice & Palliative care LPN or RN will meet the following qualifications:

  1. Knowledge of Hospice philosophy of care and ability to integrate this philosophy into care of the Hospice patient/family.
  2. Ability to communicate the Hospice philosophy and appropriate Hospice nursing care of Hospice patient/family to other members of the professional, paraprofessional and volunteer staff working with the Hospice patient/family.
  3. Knowledge of pain and symptom management and nursing interventions in palliative terminal care.
  4. Ability and willingness to keep current in Hospice and Palliative Care through ongoing education.

Job Specifications

  • Full-Time / 40 Hours Per Week / Hourly / Non-Exempt / Union
  • Every Other Weekend & Every Other Minor Holiday rotation required per department need.  Differential rate paid for all weekend and holiday hours worked.
  • Openings for the following service territories:  EAST & WEST

Applications must be submitted in writing to Dawn Pagliaro in Human Resources
via email to: dpagliaro@visitingnursehh.org or via fax to: 401-682-7562

Visiting Nurse Home & Hospice is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of Visiting Nurse Home & Hospice to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, marital status, national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), political affiliation, military service, veteran status, any other non-merit-based factors, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.