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Home Health Nurse

A Home Health Nurse cares for patients in their homes, helping them with tasks that they can’t do themselves due to injury or disease, and providing relief to family members who may be primary caregivers.

High demand

Home Health Nurses are highly in demand due to the rising cost of lengthy hospital stays and long-term care facilities.

Required education
Average annual salary
Work on your own or even start your own practice.
Out of hospital
Treat patients in their homes, during travel, or other non-hospital environments.
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
Take on different tasks, patients, and situations every day.
You’ll work mostly with the elderly but sometimes with younger children who have developmental or mobility issues.
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What you’ll do


You’ll examine patients, evaluate their response to treatment and monitor their progress.


You’ll work with patients’ families and doctors.


You’ll teach patients and their families about diseases, processes, treatment and the best ways to stay healthy.


Administer medications and IVs, change bandages and take care of wounds, help with mobility and develop treatment plans.

Where you’ll work
  • Patients’ homes
Hear what Home Health Nurses have to say
  • Video still of Carman Powell in front of hospital bed
  • 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.

How to become a Home Health Nurse


Pass the NCLEX-RN and work as a Registered Nurse.


You’re ready to work as a Home Health Nurse.


There isn’t a specific certification for Home Health Nursing.

You can become a specialist by pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).

Join an Organization
Become a member of a Home Health Nurse organization to find career opportunities, learn from your colleagues, and support the profession.
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Real Nurses Real Stories
Are you drawn to a nursing career, but want to avoid working in a hospital setting? Visiting nurses meet patients where they are, by providing care for them in their homes. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, home healthcare is one of the nation’s fastest-growing industries, with a projected compound annual growth rate of 5 percent for 2014–2024, which translates to approximately 760,400 new jobs.
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Group of smiling nurses in scrubs holding folders
Group of smiling nurses in scrubs holding folders
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