Hospital Liaison Nurse


Iowa City Hospice is searching for a full time Hospital Liaison Nurse  to join our interdisciplinary team.


About You: Are you dedicated to excellence, enjoy building lasting relationships, love helping to make a difference in the lives of others and looking for an agency who shares your core values? Do you seek a mission centered, purpose driven career and have a desire to serve others while working within an interdisciplinary professional team? If your answer is yes, then we would love to talk with you about our open positions. Call Karen with any questions: 319-325-0319. 


About Us:  Iowa City Hospice, part of the Iowa Care Community, is a community-based nonprofit that has provided end-of-life care to patients wherever they call home since 1983. Iowa Care Community provides foundational support for nonprofit home health care organizations, taking care of human resources, billing, marketing, fundraising and more. By providing these administrative services, Iowa Care Community allows clinical staff to focus on outstanding compassionate care for patients and caregivers.

About our Employment Opportunities:  Iowa City Hospice is looking for one more compassionate, dedicated full time Hospital Liaison Nurse to join our liaison team of nurses that are responsible for the referral and admission process of patients and families in the hospital setting. These nurses enjoy using interpersonal communication skills and their passionate understanding for the hospice philosophy to network and educate others about palliative measures that support both acute and crisis symptom management while caring for patients and families with life-limiting needs within the hospital setting. 

Our secret? We genuinely believe in our mission. We hire dedicated staff, compensate them well and then reward & recognize exceptional work within our team. 


Our Team:  Each employee in our organization understands the importance of their role to meet client needs while helping them maintain a high quality of life. Our Liaison Nurses develop early and appropriate referrals, create and sustain relationships with referral sources, provide patient care in the hospital and provide exceptional seamless care as a patient transition home from their hospital stay. 

Commitment to Growth and Opportunity: Part of our mission is to empower and equip our staff with the right tools and resources needed to provide extraordinary care with professionalism and integrity. You must be interested in advancing and developing your skills as a caregiver to advance to higher paying assignments.

Commitment to Diversity:   We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. 

Schedule:  Monday through Friday, 8 AM-5 PM, plus holiday rotations and occasional night/weekend call shifts.

FULL BENEFIT PACKAGE for 50% (20 hours per week) or higher employees!

  • Assigned Company Equipment including an I Phone and Company Car
  • Bi-Weekly Pay structure that includes annual pay for performance bonus and merit incentives designed to reward and recognize a job well done
  • Opportunity to be promoted, assist with case managing or join our office staff team
  • 3 Wellmark Medical Plans (single; + spouse, +child(ren); family)
  • Dental (single; + spouse, +child(ren); family)
  • Avesis Vision (single; + spouse, +child(ren); family)
  • Tasc Flex Spending (Medical & Child Care)
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employer Matching 403b Retirement Plan with professional financial advising
  • Employer Paid Life Insurance
  • Employer Paid Disability Insurance
  • 19 Days of Vacation Leave
  • 12 Days of Sick Leave
  • 8 paid Holidays
  • Direct Deposit
  • Paid Overtime
  • Paid Training
  • Management Support

Our Hospice Nurses:

  • Assess home care and physical needs of the patient, regardless of the home location.
  • Identify and coordinate patient/family care with other members of the Interdisciplinary Team and health care community as needed.
  • Communicate with the primary physician regarding patient change in status and pain and symptom control.
  • Teach and counsel patients/families on care giving techniques.
  • Facilitate admission of hospice patient/family when necessary.
  • Document observations, treatments, and other pertinent information into an IPad electronic medical records system.

Essential Job Functions (including but not limited to):

  • Develops early and appropriate referrals by creating and sustaining relationships in the medical community. 
  • Maintains consistent and appropriate contact with active referrals within the hospital setting.
  • Participates in the preparation and accomplishment of marketing and outreach goals.
  • Coordinates the referral and admission process in the hospital setting.
  • Determines patient’s appropriateness for services consistent with Iowa City Hospice policies and admission criteria.
  • Demonstrates exceptional written and verbal communication standards to advance cooperative working relationships with Iowa City Hospice staff, management and care partners.
  • Assumes initial responsibility for assessing patient/family needs and consulting with attending physician, hospital staff and hospice staff members.
  • Obtains information on physical, psychological, social and spiritual factors that may influence patient/family health status and incorporate into the plan of care.
  • Assists with continuity of care and discharge planning in hospitals and facilitate and ensure smooth transition of new patients to the primary care team.
  • Provides care to the patients in the hospital, either at the respite or general inpatient level of care.
  • Attends educational opportunities and provide Iowa City Hospice educational programs to hospitals and clinics.
  • Shares in providing 24-hour, seven-day-a week coverage to patients/families.
  • Ensures effective use of resources.
  • Serves as an educational source to staff, Care Partners and the Community.
  • Ensures implementation of strategic goals
  • Adheres to the practice of confidentiality regarding patients, families, staff and the organization.
  • Participates in Iowa City Hospice’s success by ensuring access to our exceptional care.
  • Supports and promote Iowa City Hospice’s mission to lead in providing exceptional patient-centered end-of-life care and grief support to anyone affected by a terminal illness.
  • Participates in the organization’s quality assessment and performance improvement program.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • RN degree required; BSN degree preferred. 
  • Previous Hospice or Home Health experience preferred.
  • Proof of IA Driver License and current Auto insurance coverage.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in the English language both verbally and in writing
  • US work authorization (Required)
  • Passionate about hospice and home care with a genuine desire to help others
  • All offers of employment are conditioned upon the result of a criminal background check conducted by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, as required by law and a negative finding on the Office of Inspector General’s Excluded Provider      List.
  • Reliable, professional and able to start soon after background check is completed
  • 2 step TB testing is required.
  • First Aid training
  • Mandatory Reporter Training
  • Iowa City Hospice requires applicable  Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (ACHPN®) by the 3rd year of employment.
  • COVID-19 considerations: COVID 19 Vaccination or medical/religious exemption required; applicable infection control standards are applied company wide to assure a safer work environment.