Home health care nurses (visiting nurses) must have the skills to provide care in a unique setting such as someone’s home. They care for patients who are recovering from an accident or illness. Home health care nurses also care for children with disabilities and for women who have experienced recent childbirth.
Home health care nurses monitor pulse, blood pressure and temperature, administer simple diagnostic procedures, such as drawing blood and other samples for the laboratory, and instruct home patients on how to use portable testing equipment
Visiting nurses may be independent nurses who work on a contract basis or they may work for a community organization and a private health care provider.
Home_healthy nurses are often assigned to patients after the patient are discharged from a hospital. For instance, when open heart patient is well enough to leave the hospital, the visiting nurse provide follow-up health care on a regular basis (vital signs, dressings, and medications).
If anything is not within normal limits, then the home healthy nurse reports this to the doctor.
Nurses who specialize in a specific nursing field such as home health care nursing must first become registered nurses. Many home health care are required to have at least one year of clinical experience before entering home health care.
Home health care nurses must be able to work independently. They keep records and charts and document the services they provide
There are more than 7 million individuals in the United States in need of home health care nurse because of acute illness, long term health problems, permanent disability or terminal illness