A Day in the Life of a Home Health Care Nurse
At Miracle Health Care, we wouldn’t be where we are today without our home health nurses! Our skilled nurses and home health aides help our clients remain safe in their own home. Not only do they help clients regain their independence by living at home, but they can also help with many different insurance companies and payer sources to help you be able to afford the care you need. We sat down with one of our nurses, Pam Hess, RN, to learn a little more about her. Keep reading to learn about her background and the Q&A session we had with her.
Who or What Inspired You to Choose Home Health Care as Your Career?
I started my home care career in 1995 and fell in love with helping clients stay in their own homes and out of a facility or hospital. I get great satisfaction from teaching clients how to manage their medications, symptoms and disease processes safely at home.
What Does a Typical Day Entail?
How many patients do you visit daily? 5-7
What are some nursing services that you provide for your patients? As a nurse, we provide a wide range of care including Assessment/teaching/wound care/medication administration/weekly med set ups/IV infusions-IV care/central line dressing changes/lab draws (peripheral or IV).
How do you prep them before you leave them for the day? Provide a lot of teaching and reinforcement. Assure them that they can call and reach a nurse 24/7 thru Miracle Health Care if they have any questions or issues. Miracle has on call nursing available 24/7.
Have You Always Worked in Home Health? What Did You Do Previously as Your Career?
I started my nursing career in 1989 in a skilled facility then in a hospital setting before transitioning into home care which has been the most rewarding for me. I have been in home health care now for 22 years.
What Do You Enjoy Most About Your Career and What’s the Most Rewarding Aspect?
Assisting clients transition from a hospitalization or SNF stay and adjust back into their own home environments. It is very rewarding to me to be able to help clients decipher through which medications they are supposed to take and which they are no longer to be taking per the discharge orders as this can be very confusing and difficult for some clients. It is also very rewarding to be able to teach clients how to manage their symptoms/disease processes and teach them what to watch for and report to the nurse or MD to help them stay out of the hospital.
What is Some Advice That You Can Give to Someone Who is Seeking or Wanting a Career as a Home Health Nurse?
Generally, you will need at least one year of hospital experience before you can start in home care. Be flexible and willing to be on an on-call rotation. Be willing to travel with reliable transportation. Must be willing to enter into a variety of home care settings.
What is Some Advice That You Could Offer to Families of Loved Ones Who are Thinking About Home Health Care?
Do research on multiple home care companies that are available. Call the agencies and ask for additional information to ensure your needs can be met at home. Look for a company with high star ratings. (Miracle HHC is a 4 ½ star rating which represents being in the top 11 percent of all agencies in OH).
Tell Us a Fun Fact About Yourself!
I have an identical “mirror” twin sister who is also a Registered Nurse. I have 2 chocolate lab puppies (Sami and Sadie) that occupy my time when I am not working. I have a daughter who is currently in her sophomore year at Ohio Northern University with a major in nursing.
To learn more about Miracle Health Care and if it is right for you or a loved one, give us call today! Losing your independence isn’t something you should have to face as you age, which is why our skilled nurses and home health aides can help you to safely reside in your home. Don’t forget to follow our social media channels for more updates.