Home Health Care Nurses will work with patients in their homes. These nurses mainly work with the elderly, but sometimes work with younger children who have developmental or mobility issues. A Home Health Care Nurse is great for people that would rather work outside of a hospital.
A licensed practical nurse, or LPN, is also known as a licensed vocational nurse in some locations. An LPN can choose between a state-approved certificate program in practical nursing or an approved associate’s degree program. Technical schools, hospitals, some high schools and two-year colleges offer practical nursing. A certificate program generally lasts approximately one year while an associate’s degree usually takes two years. However, some employers prefer a job candidate with an associate degree. Typical LPN preparation includes classes in nursing, anatomy, physiology, first aid and pharmacology, plus practical clinical work.
Home health nurses must be available for evening, night, holiday or weekend shifts. They must be self-starters with good time management skills because they usually work away from supervisors. They need good listening and communication skills combined with compassion for patients and their families. The ability to work with people from different cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds is essential. Their need to analyze information and make crucial and life-or-death decisions requires keen critical thinking skills. Home health nurses also need emotional strength to deal with the daily stress of working with sick people.
When deciding on the home health care nurse who will provide care for your loved one, call us at 520-333-0333. Take the time to discuss your options as well as the actual caregivers that you and your loved one will actually be spending time in your home with. Feel free to also contact us via message on our contact page for answers to quick questions about home health care options in Tucson.