What does a Home Health Nurse do?
A home health nurse provides an appropriate nursing care in a residential setting. The ideal nurse will deliver high level of caring and empathy while following the treatment plan to include administering medications, tracking vitals, providing wound and catheter care. Additionally, the home health nurse will chart progress and disposed of hazardous materials in appropriate containers.
The ideal candidate must be an R.N. and have a current unencumbered license by the Board of Nursing and 3+ years of nursing experience in a residential setting. This R.N. will have a wiliness to pass a background check as a part of the hiring process and have reliable transportation to to the residential setting and be able to cover any shift. The R.N. must feel confident in providing nursing care without oversight and be able to create rapport with patient and family members.
- Demonstrate caring and empathy
- Take and track vital signs
- Measure and administer medications as prescribed
- Provide wound care, as needed
- Provide catheter care
- Ensure patient is fed and bathed
- Ensure bedding is clean
- Track and order supplies
- Associate's degree in nursing, required
- Bachelor's degree in nursing, preferred
- 3+ years of nursing experience in a residential setting
- Ability to pass a background check
- Willingness to work a variety of shifts
- Reliable transportation to the residential setting
- Must feel confident providing nursing care without oversight
- Ability to create rapport with patient and family members
- Excellent communication skills
Home Health Nurse Career Path
Learn how to become a Home Health Nurse, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.
Years of Experience Distribution
Home Health Nurse Insights
“Terrible supervision As a new employee it was very awkward ever wanting to ask questions.”
“My salary started at $12.50/hour and I was given a raise to $13.00/hr after a year.”
“•they reimburse you for gas for miles you client gets • everyone is super nice.”
“The manager publicly reminded me how useless I was on a daily basis because of my disability.”
“Great organisation and great to people to work with.”
“In training we had meetings almost daily regarding our call quality and no one told me this.”
“everything nothing great nice awesome fantastic good bad cheerful tough”
“Pay is good but not worth the stress”
Home Health Nurse Interviews
Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Home Health Nurse
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The most common qualifications to become a Home Health Nurse is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.