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What Is a Home Health Nurse and How to Become One

What Does a Home Health Nurse Do?

A home health nurse oversees the in-home care of patients who are elderly, disabled, or recovering from an accident or surgery. Their duties include monitoring the patient, checking vitals, redressing wounds, and administering fluids or medication, as ordered by a doctor. They also update the patient's chart and provide encouragement. Registered nurses in this field often live or work with patients long-term, or visit them frequently.

How to Be a Good Home Health Nurse

Home health nurses are registered nurses (RN) who must be comfortable working with patients outside of a traditional medical setting. To be successful in this career, you should be familiar with your patient’s condition and their medical history, as well as the unique challenges presented in their home. Good nurses communicate well with other care providers and family members. To do this, they must strive for accuracy in reporting and compassion during tough treatment.