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Thank you for your interest in employment at HCI Care Services and Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa.  Our organization prides itself on employing qualified, caring professionals who are dedicated to our mission of “promoting dignity, independence and quality of life for all through education, compassion and effective community-based care.”  

Why choose a career with HCI Care Services & VNS of Iowa?

  • We have been voted Top Work Place by our employees, as reported by the Des Moines Register
  • We have been recognized with a Better Business Bureau Integrity Award for commitment to ethics and integrity in the workplace 
  • Our organization is financially sound and continues to grow
  • We pay competitive salaries and offer a full range of employment benefits
  • We encourage and assist employees in continuing their education
  • Our employees have input into the direction of our organization
  • You can build a career with us!

Hospice Aide

Department: Hospice Care
Location: Des Moines, IA


Works with the interdisciplinary team to assist in the care management of patients and families. Provides personal care to hospice patients in accordance with a written plan of care. Focuses on quality of life in all interactions with patient, family, and other partners.


  • Acts as a part of the interdisciplinary group structure within the scope as defined for the hospice aide.
  • Schedules and plans patient-centered visits based on care plans developed by the nurse. 
  • Assists patients with activities of daily living according to the aide scope or practice and in compliance with all organizational, professional and industry standards. 
  • Documents accurate and ongoing patient information, with in the patient medical record. All documentation is complete according to organizational, and professional standards. All documentation is completed as it occurs.
  • Informs hospice nurse of any change in patient’s condition or family situation.
  • If the patient is home-based, initiates and maintains patient schedule and notifies registered nurse, patient/family of schedule changes. 
  • Actively participates in team meetings, committees and quality improvement planning and processes.
  • Attends mandatory meetings and trainings.
  • Performs all required clinical skills as defined in orientation and utilizes procedure manual for all procedures. 
  • Takes part, when possible, to meet a patient/family’s need for continuous care in time of crisis.
  • Minimizes non-productive time and slow periods with activities to prepare to meet the future needs of the agency.
  • Assists patients, family members and all contacts according to the general performance standards, demonstrating organizational values with all interactions. 
  • Ability to obtain Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse Assistant (CHPNA) within 24-36 months of employment if full-time or part-time status


  • Meets the requirement for hospice aide qualifications under Medicare CoPs
  • At least 1 year experience in nursing home or home health agency preferred 
  • Ability to understand written and verbal instructions
  • Successful completion (80% within 2 attempts) of in-house competency testing 
  • Ability to successfully complete 12 hours on-going education annually 
  • Strong keyboarding and computer skills with the ability to learn work-related software
  • Mandatory Reporter of Child and Dependent Adult abuse training certification (within 30 days of hire)
  • Current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider certification
  • Must have valid driver's license, auto liability insurance and reliable transportation if driving is required
  • Successful completion of the Physical Capacity Profile (PCP) test prior to beginning employment 
  • Successful completion of pre-employment physical, drug screen, 2-step TB test and background check

Working Conditions:

  • Physical requirements:Exerts up to 20-50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 10-25 pounds of force frequently, and /or greater than negligible up to 10 pounds force constantly
  • Physical activities: bending, stooping, squatting, kneeling, fingering and gripping and reaching
  • Environment: Hazards (chemicals, infectious diseases), Atmospheric conditions (fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases)
  • Travel: Required between locations
  • Time: Work hours based on patient-driven census model

These characteristics are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Note: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. You may be required to perform other duties to meet the on-going needs of the organization.

HCI Care Services and VNS of Iowa is an equal opportunity employer. Employment practices are implemented without regard to race, creed, color, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, national origin, religion, veteran status, genetic information or on the basis of age or physical or mental disability unrelated to ability to perform the work required.

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