Home Health Nurses
In many ways, the nurse is the center of your home health medical team.Your nurse will coordinate the plan of care your doctor has prescribed for you with other members of your team to help meet your needs and deliver the best care possible.
On the first visit, your nurse will takes notes and make a general assessment of your condition, which will include asking about your medical history, assessing your overall health, and gauging your ability to manage your medications and treatments.
One of the most important duties of a home health nurse is to provide medication reconciliation, which means comparing your medication orders to all of the medications that you have been been taking to avoid omissions, duplications, dosing errors or potentially dangerous drug interactions.
Your nurse will also evaluate the safety of your living environment and the ability of you and your family to cope with the situation and access emergency help, if needed.
Specific duties performed by nurses include:
- monitoring vital signs
- giving injections
- administering infusion medicines
- monitoring tricky drugs such as anticoagulation medications like Coumadin or Warfarin
- providing wound care
- treating and helping to prevent illnesses like pneumonia
Your nurse can also help you with issues such as pain management and will report back to your doctor if you need more help. If you have a chronic condition, your at-home nurse can teach you how to self-manage it. Increasing your independence is the goal. Of course, the specific duties of your nurse depend on your individual situation.
Ste. Genevieve home health nurses pride themselves on being good listeners. Your nurse will serve as a resource to answer your questions to help prevent and manage complications. Talking openly and honestly with your nurse can help you avoid trips to the hospital because you'll know what to expect and what warning signs to look out for.