A home health nurse provides health care to patients/clients. They may work in a patient’s home or in an assisted living facility; some positions require the nurse to have multiple patients and visit them at different home locations throughout the day. They listen to any patient issues, make diagnoses, and administer care such as dispensing medicines, caring for wounds, and ensuring any machines the patient is using are working. Continuing analysis of patients' status is required so that the care regimen may be modified as necessary; the nurse must have the discretion to make medical referrals if needed, especially if there is deterioration in a patient’s health. Additionally, the home health nurse may follow up with patients who have just been released from the hospital to make sure that their home care is adequate. The nurse might need to make sure that the house has meets adequate safety standards.
Many of these positions require the home health nurse to be a registered nurse, which requires nursing education and current certification. However, some positions do not require certification and instead require years of experience in the field. This position may require managerial experience, as they may supervise health aides and advise them on any needed improvements or corrections. Strong documentation and recordkeeping skills, are necessary and the home health nurse might be in charge of keeping track of multiple patients.
Home Health Nurse Tasks
Coordinate and perform patient care activities with pharmacy, physician, home health agencies and referral source.
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Visit patients in the home to perform technical procedures, infusion, patient assessment, patient education and other nursing duties.
Supervise and coordinate home health care staff.