One of the great things about being a nurse is that there are so many opportunities and locations for you to help people, including in-home care.
Some nurses in the Encino area and elsewhere enjoy working at doctor’s offices or clinics. Others like to be assigned to hospitals and larger medical centers, which not only offer variety but the ability to offer higher levels of care. Nursing in school settings is enjoyable since you can work with fun kids all day as well as slip in some life lessons and healthy habits.
At Accredited Home Care, we’ve been delivering care to thousands of California residents for years. We enjoy offering nursing services plus access to skilled therapists to help our clients, whether they need assistance on a short-term or a long-term basis.
For someone who enjoys variety in their schedule, there’s a lot to enjoy: our staff may work with the same clients for years, or they might have the opportunity to meet different clients on any given day. Every client has different medical needs as well as a different personality, which can make a position especially interesting.
A home care position can also be a perfect opportunity to gain practical experience since you never know what you’ll run into from day to day. That’s why we especially like working with Licensed Vocational Nurses.
LVNs generally have less classroom and practical experience than Registered Nurses, but they do have enough training to be able to either work directly with clients or work alongside an RN.
Either option presents a great opportunity to demonstrate one’s nursing skills assisting others as well as gaining more skills and experience which will be useful in the future whether they continue to be an LVN or seek advanced certification.
Why it’s appealing
The home care environment, such as what we offer through Accredited Home Care, offers several exciting options that may not be found in other medical or health care settings. These include:
- Clients are more comfortable in their own space. Places like hospitals or rehabilitation facilities are less designed for comfort and more for care and therapy. That means that clients generally don’t want to be there and want to be home as soon as they are allowed to be discharged, if not sooner. These facilities often have different smells, noises and even textures, not to mention doctors, nurses and staff always coming in and out.
In comparison, a home environment for care will make a client more relaxed. They still may be in pain, tired, or feel stressed about whatever health condition they’re dealing with, but at least they’ll be surrounded by their own “stuff” like family photos and décor. Perhaps they’ll be able to be in their bed or a favorite comfy piece of furniture, which is definitely more soothing than even the nicest hospital bed.
A nurse visiting a client at their home will get the opportunity to work with the client when they’re generally more calm and relaxed and less scared or apprehensive. They may be more willing to go along with any exercises or therapies.
- Nurses will get a chance to get to know a client’s family as well. Certainly, family members can be met at a hospital, but as the client, they aren’t comfortable and really don’t want to be there either and don’t want their loved one there much longer either. But at home, everyone will be more relaxed and also appreciative of a nurse’s efforts and presence. They may have valuable insight into their loved one’s background and health history or even provide good conversation. A nurse also might enjoy just letting family members converse during their visit – it will relax everyone. They can also be an effective reminder for things like making sure the client takes their medication or does their exercises. It can be easy enough for people to not hear or remember some of these sorts of instructions from a nurse, but if reinforced by a family member, or vice versa, it stands a better chance of being listened to.
- Nurses will enjoy different locations. Hospitals and clinics are generally all the same but at different scales. But every client’s home will be unique and different. This can be a fun challenge for a nurse, especially an LVN or someone fairly new to the profession since they will have the opportunity to get to know all sorts of patients and all sorts of living environments. In some cases, the client may be able to get around well in their home, in other cases, there can be health and safety hazards, everything from light bulbs that don’t work to spoiled food in the kitchen. The client may not be aware of these challenges or may not know what to do about them, so it can be up to a nurse to help find solutions to help their client’s health.
If you’re an LVN and the thought of home health care appeals to you, we can help! Accredited Home Care is always happy to provide expert nursing skills to our clients.