(a)  There shall be trained hospice caregivers on duty 24 hours a day.  A registered nurse shall be continuously available, for consultation and direct participation in nursing care.  The registered nurse shall be on site when required to perform duties specified in the Nurse Practice Act.  Supervision shall be provided by the Patient and Family Care Coordinator who may delegate this responsibility to the registered nurse on call.

(b)  There shall be at least two staff on duty at all times.

(c)  All staff, including patient family volunteers, counselors and clergy, shall complete training specific to dealing with the terminally ill and their families.

(d)  Nurse aides employed to provide direct care shall be supervised by licensed nurses.

(e)  Interdisciplinary team services shall be provided in accordance with the hospice plan of care.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 131E‑202;

Eff. June 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. February 1, 1996; February 1, 1995.