A hospice case manager nurse is a registered nurse (RN) who is responsible for overseeing the care of hospice patients. Hospice case managers have been specially trained in evaluating and caring for the terminally ill patient and their family or caregivers. The hospice case manager nurse is an expert at recognizing and evaluating symptoms. They work closely with the hospice physician to treat distressing symptoms and improve patient comfort.
A hospice case manager nurse educates families and/or caregivers on recognizing symptoms and providing safe and competent care for the patient. They offer emotional and practical support for both the patient and their family/caregivers. The case manager nurse must have excellent communication and time management skills and be comfortable around dying patients. They should be compassionate and patient and respect the unique differences of their patients.
The hospice case manager nurse works as a part of the palliative care team. They supervise the care of home health aides (HHA) and licensed vocation nurses (LVN's). They work closely with the hospice social worker, chaplain, and volunteers to coordinate physical, emotional, and spiritual care of the patient and family.
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