Home Health Nurse (On Call) - Ephrata

Ephrata, PA | Nursing | Tracking Code: 68316

Job Description


Provides professional nursing services to individuals in the home, through a process of nursing assessment, planning, care and evaluation in accordance with physicians orders, the established plan of care, the patient’s diagnosis, corporate policy and procedures, and the Nurse Practice Act.  Covers patient needs during hours office is closed.




A.  Related to Patient Care  (The following expectations are completed only as indicated after hours)


  1. Assesses the physical, psychosocial, spiritual, safety and environmental needs of assigned patients on the initial visit and reassesses same on each subsequent visit.
  2. Develops a written plan of care in accordance with the patient’s diagnosis, and family needs, physician orders, and the corporate policies and procedures.  Coordinates the development of this plan with other disciplines providing care for patient.
  3. Receives incoming phone calls from patient/caregiver and performs home visits as indicated.
  4. Utilizes appropriate disciplines and community resources for optimum patient care.
  5. Receives incoming phone calls from patient/caregiver and performs home visits as warranted.
  6. Modifies the written plan of care as necessitated by changes in patient’s condition.
  7. Notifies physician and other care agencies of changes in patient’s condition and care needs and obtains new orders, as needed
  8. Administers nursing care in accordance with the established plan of care.  This may include but is not limited to therapeutic treatment, teaching, counseling and supervising patient and/or caregivers in performing specific procedures.
  9. Documents observations, assessments, interventions of visits, phone calls, and conferences in the patient’s clinical record on a timely basis, according to agency guidelines, and legible manner. Submits documentation within 48 hours of visit/communication
  10. Discharges the patient when appropriate, notifying the physician and Manager.  Instructs the patient and/or family how to access necessary follow-up.
  11. Provides both direct care and telephone consultation on a rotating basis as assigned, twenty-four hours a day as directed.


B. Related to Staff


  1. Functions as a member of an inter-disciplinary team, encouraging and maintaining open communications at all times.
  2. Provides clinical supervision to the home health aides, licensed practical nurses or volunteer staff, for assigned patients and provides input regarding their performance to the appropriate manager.


C.  Related to Corporate Management


  1. Participates in the utilization review/quality assurance program.
  2. Functions in a cost effective manner in regards to utilization of time, mileage and supplies.
  3. Seeks consultation and direction from management personnel as appropriate.
  4. Informs Manager of perceived problem areas related to patient care, corporate management or community relations.


D.  Related to Community


  1. Demonstrates a professional attitude, sound judgment and continuity in interactions with physicians, other health care providers, and community agencies.
  2. Represents the VNA at community activities, as delegated.
  3. Promotes a positive corporate image.
  4. Acquires and utilizes knowledge of community resources.


E.  Common Expectations


  1. Maintains established policies and procedure, objectives, quality assessment, safety, environmental and infection control standards.


  1. Maintains confidentiality of patient and organizational information.


  1. Provides outstanding service to all customers; fosters teamwork; and practices fiscal responsibility through improvement and innovations.


  1. Demonstrates a commitment to patient, visitor and staff by:  complying with all applicable safety regulations; learning the impact of medical errors and methodology that will lead to reduction of errors; reporting actual and potential errors, as well as hazardous conditions; identifying opportunities to standardize processes and “error proof” systems that will lead to increased safety; and participating in safety education programs and root cause analysis as required.


  1. Enhances professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, current literature, in-service meetings and workshops.


  1. Attends meetings as required.


  1. Performs other related duties as assigned.




A.  Education and Experience


  1. Registered professional nurse licensed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing or graduate of a diploma or associate degree program with appropriate experience.


  1. Minimum of one (1) year applicable experience, which includes recent acute care experience. One year home care experience is preferred.


  1. Current Pennsylvania drivers license.


  1. Current CPR


  1. Valid Pennsylvania Driver’s license


  1. Able/willing to drive in varying weather conditions in urban and rural areas.


B.  Essential Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Attitudes


  1. Knowledge of and commitment to the practice of nursing in the home.


  1. Understanding of and commitment to a holistic approach to patient care with an understanding of family dynamics.


  1. Demonstrated clinical, interpersonal, and communication skills. Must be customer service focused, friendly and caring.


  1. Ability to demonstrate respect and appreciation for other professionals and paraprofessionals and to work cooperatively.


  1. Ability to assess, analyze and plan according to need, utilizing the problem solving approach.


  1. Willingness to request and accept consultation and direction.


  1. Willing and able to learn and use the VNA computer system.




Ability to sit, stand, walk, bend and squat for prolonged periods.


Ability to push and pull objects and lift and carry up to 20 pounds, unassisted, on a frequent basis (occasionally up to 50 pounds, unassisted).


Full use of gross and fine motor skills of the upper and lower extremities (i.e., treatments, dressing changes, medication administration, writing notations, etc.).


Ability to read thermometers, charts, and testing equipment.

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Why WellSpan Health?

WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization comprises a multispecialty medical group of more than 1,600 physicians and advanced practice providers, a regional behavioral health organization, a home care organization, eight respected hospitals, more than 20,000 employees and 200 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities. We are committed to transforming the health of the communities we serve and to educating the next generation of clinicians, staff and leaders.

Employment Benefits

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  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Life and accidental death insurance
  • Supplemental life insurance
  • Retirement savings plan
  • Paid time off (PTO)
  • PTO bridging
  • Short-term disability
  • Educational assistance
  • Forgivable loan
  • Flexible spending
  • Credit union
  • Employee recreational activities
  • Childcare
  • Complimentary medicine discounts

Diversity & Inclusion

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Wellspan Health believes that diversity includes all the human characteristics that make each of us similar as well as different. We strive to make every person feel welcomed, respected, and valued while creating a safe and inclusive environment where we all have the individual freedom to express our uniqueness in a respectful manner.

WellSpan Health is an equal opportunity employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color or any other protected class. WellSpan Health does, however, have a tobacco-free/nicotine-free hiring policy.

Quality of Life

Lancaster City was the capital of Pennsylvania from 1799 to 1812. Today, Lancaster County includes a vibrant downtown business district, desirable suburban neighborhoods and sprawling agricultural farms. Life in Lancaster County offers affordable housing, options for higher education, a thriving arts and cultural community, historical attractions, parks and recreational resources, an independent professional baseball team, fine dining and more. When visiting Lancaster, one can't help but recognizing the influence of the Pennsylvania Dutch — farm-to-table and beyond.

Conveniently located in southcentral Pennsylvania, Lancaster is within an easy commute to major cities and has ready access to public transportation. Residents can find local employment in healthcare, tourism, public administration, manufacturing, and both professional and semi-professional services. (Patient population: 535,000)