Skilled nurses provide care not only to patients with non-life-threatening symptoms but also to those with a terminal illness. Nurses play a critical role in various aspects of the hospice services provision. On this blog, By Your Side Hospice delves into some of the key responsibilities of hospice nurses.
- Mediator of Care
When families need vital information about their loved one’s prognosis, the hospice nurse provides proper education as needed. Nurses also coordinate with the rest of the healthcare team (caregivers, doctors, pharmacists, etc.) to ensure the patient gets the right care and attention.
- Care Planning
The nurse is also responsible for assessing the patient’s specific needs and creating a customized care plan around those needs. The care plan is an essential part of the program to make sure all services provided are for the benefit of the patient.
- Medication Management
Adhering to medications might be difficult for patients with a terminal illness due to various reasons. With that, the nurse will be on their side to administer doctor-prescribed prescriptions on time and at the right dosage.
- Patient Advocacy
In some cases, the nurse works with the medical social worker to advocate for the patient’s rights, including finding appropriate insurance and other financial means.
These are just some of the many duties of a hospice nurse. In our team our skilled nurses and nursing assistants in Texas, we maximize our resources to improve our patients’ quality of life.