With 75 percent of Americans over age 65 and coping with the chronic health conditions related to aging, the growing need for home health care can only increase. In fact, according to CNBC, the job outlook for home health care nurses is expected to grow by 26 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than most professions.
According to Bayada Home Health Care, “Trends in insurance reimbursement and the growth of the US population all point to the home setting as the new epicenter of health care delivery. It means that today and into the foreseeable future, there will be more opportunity for nurses to work, advance their skills, and pursue leadership careers in the field of home nursing than ever before.”
In addition to plentiful opportunities and job security, home health care nursing offers many other perks.
- Flexible schedules
- Opportunities for one-on-one care that allows relationships to develop
- Fewer distractions for both caregiver and patient in the home setting
- Scenarios better suited to educating patients about their health
For many nurses, the sum of these perks provides the rewarding experience they sought when entering the profession. But to be successful in this branch of nursing requires attention to several areas, which those practicing in a doctor’s office or hospital setting need not be concerned with.
Keeping your vehicle in tip-top shape by adhering to a routine maintenance schedule and addressing issues as quickly as possible will be a must. Something as simple as establishing a habit around filling the fuel tank will guard against emergency stops for fuel that could interfere with your scheduled home visits.
The essentials, please . . .
With an understanding that the list will include entirely different items for the on-the-go nurse. Such things as a flashlight for any number of situations, dog treats for making up with clients’ pets, disinfectant wipes handy for a myriad of scenarios, and better toss in a can of bug spray for late-in-the-day summer calls. A spare pair of scrubs and a change of shoes will almost certainly be needed at some point.
A mindset toward preparedness and exceptional organization
The bag that totes your patient care and administrative supplies will become your best friend. At least it will if it keeps everything you need at the tip of your fingers. Think durable, with many easily accessible compartments, and don’t forget comfortable to carry.
Admin supplies that are readily available at the nurses’ station must find a place in this bag. Pens, highlighter, post-its, and paper clips are just the beginning of the list. Remember the pamphlets and educational brochures, forms, forms, and more forms. You get the idea.
Be prepared to arrange, adjust, and shift until you arrive at the perfect set-up.
While boundaries in a health care facility are clearly defined, the home setting requires nurses to be on high alert for scenarios that can’t be described in the handbook. The goal should always be to adhere to the highest standards of professional conduct while delivering the best care in a friendly manner.
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