Rewarding, in-demand, well paid, enjoyable…there aren’t too many careers that check off all of these boxes. Home Health Care is an exception though, and that’s exactly why it’s so popular as a career choice right now.
Let’s explore why this is such a highly desired career for so many.
First, What is Home Health Care Nursing?
Home health care nursing is a type of medical care provided by registered nurses or other medical professionals (physical, occupational and speech therapy, as well as social workers) in the home of a patient. Services typically performed in-home include post-hospitalization care, physical therapy, hospice care, and palliative care.
Home Care, often confused with Home Health Care, is different in that it does not include any medical related services. Home Care involves day-to-day assistance like toileting help, companionship, and incontinence care.
Why Should You Work as a Home Health Care Nurse?
Providing in-home health services to patients and their families helps foster familiarity, sharing, caring, and solid connections between you, your patients and their families on a level that simply isn’t possible in a hospital setting.
You can be a real advocate for your patients. You will be able to focus on one patient at a time, and truly see the life-changing impact your work has on each patient and their family.
As a home health care nurse, you have the opportunity to use the full spectrum of your knowledge and experience while providing care to patients from various backgrounds and age groups.
Home Health Care is a Rapidly Growing Field
Home health care nursing is a HOT career choice! The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a growth rate of 19 to 26 percent over the coming decade, which is much faster than the growth rate of other positions within the medical community and in other industries as well.
The Nurse Journal website indicates the average home health care nursing salaries for job postings in Massachusetts are 20% higher than average home health care nursing salaries for job postings nationwide. According to the Bureau’s 2017 Occupational Employment Statistic Report, this salary ranks 4th among states in the country.
How Do You Become a Home Health Nurse?
If you are looking for a career that is challenging and rewarding, while offers opportunities to provide more personalized care, consider home health care nursing. Qualifications include a current Massachusetts RN license, excellent physical assessment and organizational skills, and minimum of two years nursing experience (home care or med-surge preferred). If you don’t quite have two years experience, , we’d still like to speak with you.
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