Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)


The LPN provides nursing services under the direct supervision of a registered nurse following a plan of care as ordered by the physician and in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team. Functions as a coordinator to ensure records are complete to enable physicians to successfully complete appointments; responsible for processing incoming labs and test results for the assigned physician group; liaison between the patients and their doctors. A Hospice LPN is clinically competent; delivers care to patients utilizing the nursing process of assessment, planning, intervention, implementation, and evaluation. Effectively interacts with patients and other health team members while maintaining standards of professional nursing.

Full Description:

Demonstrates ability to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate patient care. Ability to communicate clinical/academic knowledge to others (i.e., students, staff, patients and families, caregivers) and maintain up-to-date knowledge and communicate new trends/techniques in nursing and demonstrate knowledge and skills to care for specific age groups under their care (i.e., newborn, pediatric, adult, geriatric). If applicable, assist MA’s as needed, taking brief histories and vital signs. Utilize excellent interpersonal skills necessary to deal effectively with patients/families from various backgrounds and with varied emotional and medical needs. Ability to demonstrate excellent oral, written, visual, and auditory skills to communicate, deliver safe patient care, and document patient care (including the nursing competency assessment checklist if applicable) and use various teaching methods and to adapt these to patient and family education level and learning style. Utilize excellent interpersonal skills necessary to deal effectively with patients/families from various backgrounds and with varied emotional and medical needs.

Demonstrates ability to function as part of an interdisciplinary team. They are skilled in identifying and problem-solving quality improvement issues by participating in the Quality Assessment Performance Improvement (QAPI) process, chart review, and staff education. Exhibit efficient time management skills to independently manage assignments, i.e., schedule visits (if applicable), attend required meetings, and respond to urgent needs by prioritizing and triaging multiple concerns. Willingness to learn and apply an understanding of the healthcare financial environment, reimbursement, Conditions of Participation, and CHAP standards and communicate to patient/family. Demonstrates accountability for professional nursing practice, commitment to patient care, and a commitment to upholding the Patient Bill of Rights. Maintains regular communications with the Program Manager or designee to review caseload management and consults with the Program Manager or designee regarding decisions impacting clinical staff and care delivery. Informs the Program Manager or designee of unusual or potentially problematic issues. Make decisions in conjunction with the Program Manager that reflects thorough consideration of alternative and creative solutions. A Hospice LPN shows sensitivity to the impact of decisions on others. Actively participates in program development via committees, task forces, or educational efforts. A Hospice LPN adheres to Administrative SRH/Nursing Service policies. Will not incur excessive overtime.

PROBLEM-SOLVING- Demonstrates sound judgment by taking appropriate actions regarding questionable findings or concerns. Investigates and follows through on unusual orders or requests for service or information. Follows proper reporting procedures for actual or potential accidents and/or incidents so follow-up and/or prevention can occur. Records/reports the need for service maintenance or repair of equipment and removes any faulty equipment from service. Contributes to the achievement of Quality Improvement and participates in QI activities. Consistently evaluates work and determines if further steps are needed to meet client expectations. Takes initiative to do or redo inadequate or incomplete work, even if it is not yours. A Hospice LPN ensures compliance with regulatory standards.

PRODUCTIVITY/EFFICIENCY – Consistently demonstrates the ability to respond to changing situations flexibly to meet current needs, such as reprioritizing work as necessary. Minimizes non-productive time and fills slow periods with activities that will enable you to prepare to meet the organization’s future needs (education, organizing, housekeeping, assisting others). Organizes job functions and work areas to be able to complete varied assignments within established time frames effectively.


Licensed Practical Nurse Degree and current license in Washington State.


A Hospice LPN should have excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills and customer service skills. A Hospice LPN must possess strong organizational skills and be able to work while coordinating multiple competing priorities independently. Must have the ability to handle conflict professionally and maintain a professional attitude at all times, serving as a positive role model for the team. Demonstrated ability to work autonomously and stay organized while remaining flexible and cooperative in performing job responsibilities. May provide training to co-workers, clients, and peers on various subjects from nursing practices/trends/techniques to new employee training as requested. Participates in staff selection, the orientation of new personnel, and serves as a preceptor if qualified. Works efficiently, always striving toward improved processes that save time and energy while promoting safety and compassion. A Hospice LPN minimizes waste/good steward of limited resources.


A Hospice LPN is required to have a Current Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) licensure in Washington State. Current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Certification (BLS) required. Hospice LPNs: Current Washington State driver’s license and insured (must provide proof of insurance), and have or have access to reliable transportation (travel to patient’s homes is a requirement of this position).

Hiring Manager Contact Information:

If you have questions or would like to apply for this position, use the form to the right to submit your resume or ask a question. You may also call 360-814-5550.

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Cici Maestas, Hospice Nurse, talks about working at Hospice of the Northwest

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