I love nursing because I go into my patient’s home and I’m able to help their parents have some relief. They feel sometimes that they’re completely overwhelmed with the circumstances that they’re in, and I’m able to come in, so they’re able to go out.
One of the primary reasons why I became a nurse was my big sister. She was a nurse for years and years, and she encouraged both me and my sister—twin sister was also a nurse—that nursing would be a good option for us.
The daily duties of a Home Healthcare Nurse
Carmen, BSN, RN, CLC, RNC- MNN, tells us why she would never choose to be anything other than a Home Healthcare Nurse.
I serve as a Home Healthcare Nurse. I do the private duty, where you stay a whole shift.
What a typical work shift is like for me
I walk in, do my patient assessment. Make sure the vital signs are good. Make sure they’re breathing and usually get report from either the nurse who is leaving or the parent. I’ll go do my assessments, see what med orders or if there any change in orders, and go ahead and start their A.M. care. If they're eating, usually give them breakfast and then let them hang out, maybe give them some range of motion.
And all throughout the day, just monitoring their vital signs, things like that. Making sure they're not having anything weird going on. A lot of them have G-tubes. Some of them have trachs. You’ll do all kinds of care with anything that they need.
And then as the shift wraps up, we’re going ahead, we’re giving report to oncoming nurse or if that’s the parent that’s relieving us. If an emergency happens, we take care of that too.
My innovation story
I have to do a lot of meditation. I do a lot of massage therapy, and I do a lot of walks in the park. I like nature a lot so I do a lot of those kinds of things. Those help me a lot.”