Celebrating Home Health Nurses for Nurses Week 2018

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Being a medical professional, especially a nurse, requires a unique sense of compassion and service. Nurses Week is a special time to give a shout out to nurses everywhere for the amazing work they do each and every day.

Nursing isn’t a
career, it's a calling...

Each year during Nurses WeekI reflect on various moments throughout my career and also appreciate different aspects of our profession. In my 14+ years working in the nursing profession I have seen many specialties and experienced many perspectives. This nurses week, I have partnered with BAYADA Home Health Care to bring some much-deserved awareness to the specialty of home health care nursing.

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Think about life outside the hospital, life outside the clinic, or the ambulatory facilities. Life happens in the home. Health starts in the home. In fact, in the early 1900’s, even the sickest patients would be cared for at home. The hospital was a place for surgeries and research, and above and beyond that, not necessarily a place with the best outcomes. I personally have not worked as a home health nurse; however, I depend on home health nurses to provide much needed care for my patients after discharge. As a cardiology nurse practitioner, I work with heart failure patients, many of whom are on home inotropes such as Milrinone, or they have LVAD’s (Left Ventricular Assist Devices). These patients need home infusions and dressing changes, medication assistance, INR checks, and monitoring. Home health nursing is distinctive because it delivers the care to the patient while empowering them in their home. Bringing services into the home brings a certain sense of security and comfort to the patient. But to the home health nurse it brings the privilege of making a difference.

Home health nurses enjoy the personal relationships they build and the sense of accomplishment that comes with knowing they are enhancing an individual’s quality of life while empowering them. The relationship that develops between a home health care nurse and patient is one that is stemmed in trust, dependability, and communication. When my patients return to the hospital I always talk with them about their experience with the home health care team. My patients often tell me they have grown a new sense of accountability for their health conditions and personal care. This sense of accountability is important because this is what motivates patients to take ownership of their illnesses and conditions and be proactive with their regimens, care, and necessities. Additionally, they look forward to the visits from the home health nurse. Many patients can get lonely at times, especially if they are elderly and without any family or loved ones.

The visits from a home health nurse provide companionship and social interaction, which, in addition to air, water, rest, and food, is a basic human need. Numerous studies have shown that socially isolated older adults often feel lonely and depressed, are less physically active, and may be subject to high blood pressure. The specific health benefits of such meaningful relationships can include lower blood pressure, reduced risk for mental health issues, and reduced risk for Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular problems, and other conditions. Both clients and caregivers cite the personal rewards of these important relationships.

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Now that we’ve established the benefits for patients, I want to highlight some of the benefits of home health care nursing for nurses!

One of the most popular benefits is the ease of a flexible schedule. Home health care nurses and aides work as much or as little as they wish, making a career in home health perfect for compassionate people at any stage of life. Whether you’re pursuing your education, raising a family, returning to the workforce, or you are semi-retired, home health offers rewarding part-time and full-time job opportunities to fit any schedule, 24 hours a day, seven
days a week. Another popular perk of home health nursing is the autonomy. There are no supervisors or administrators watching your every move or commenting about the coffee you’ve hidden behind your computer, or remarking about the color of scrub top you’ve chosen. This may seem like a small issue, but at the end of the day, we can all appreciate the slights of freedom that practice outside of the hospital or outpatient facility can offer. If you’re considering a change in specialty, or if you’re getting burnt out with the flow of inpatient our outpatient patient care, maybe a career in home health nursing is something to consider.

Share, Care, Dare

For this year’s Nurses Week, BAYADA is encouraging you to “Share, Care, Dare” – share your stories about how nursing has touched your life in one way or another; consider home health care as a way to care for your loved ones or as a career choice; and dare to change your career path by applying to BAYADA.

BAYADA is a national home health care agency with career offerings in multiple states across the US.
BAYADA values its employees by offering competitive compensation and benefits, including ongoing education and leadership opportunities, and much more. The company is grounded in what is referred to as “The BAYADA Way,” which is rooted in the belief that clients come first, employees are the company’s greatest assets, and everyone should be treated with compassion, excellence, and reliability.

Check out their job listings at https://jobs.bayada.com

ENTER their giveaway HERE

Stay Tuned to my Instagram for a giveaway of this Nursing bag and Self Care Kit.

Check out their Nurses Week appreciation highlights and events here.

This post is sponsored by Bayada Home Health Care.

katie duke