As the need for in-home care rises, so does the demand for home nursing. In this blog, we will discuss what home nursing is, the role a CNA plays in caring for your loved one, and lastly, how to become a CNA.
Home nursing is home-based care serving a variety of patients with diverse medical needs. It offers a convenient way to provide treatment to seniors who can remain in the comfort of their own home. According to nurses.org, home nursing staff can work for a variety of organizations including agencies, hospice organizations, insurance companies, community or government organizations, and for hospitals.
A CNA in home nursing has the ability to respond to all types of situations and scenarios in the medical field. Therefore, a home nursing job description may include:
- Providing patient supervision
- Evaluating patient health
- Providing basic hygiene and health needs
- Monitoring and documenting vital signs
- Educate patient on medical needs
- Responding to emergency situations
- Reviewing home safety
- Communicating with physicians and the rest of the care team
What Credentials Does Home Nursing Require?
The first step to get into home nursing is to meet all the requirements. The educational requirements may vary on the type of nursing position you are seeking. For example, home nursing is a specialty available to registered nurses (RNs) as well as licensed vocational nurses (LVNs), and nurse assistants (CNAs). According to RegisteredNursing.org, the educational requirements include:
- Registered nurses must complete an accredited nursing program and obtain either an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a Bachelor of Science degree (BSN). They must also pass the NCLEX exam for licensure.
- Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) or Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) must also complete an accredited nursing program and test for licensure.
- Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs) are unlicensed staff who perform related home care tasks and may require certification based on employment requirements.
Why Pursue Home Nursing?
According to a study conducted this year by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health care jobs will grow by 15% over the next 10 years and the job outlook for home nursing aides is projected to grow by 34% in the next decade. This statistic alone shows the high demand needed for in-home positions, and that it will grow increasingly over the years providing career opportunities and job security for many in the health industry. Not to mention the rewarding aspects becoming a home nursing can provide. The flexible schedule combined with the meaningful relationships built between nurse and patient make becoming a home nurse a rewarding career path to choose.
Caregiver Careers at Freedom Home Care
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