But people in the nursing field, especially Licensed Vocational Nurses, say that there are additional reasons they enjoy being part of the profession, including having the opportunity to work with a whole range of fellow nurses of all ages, skills and experience levels.
Because Accredited Home Care has been helping clients throughout the Southern California area since 1980, some of our staff have been worked with us for years, sometimes a big part of their professional careers.
This means that our home health care nurses and other medical staff are able to offer extensive experience to our clients, and they are also happy to share their expertise with newer nurses or other aides.
Nurses are, by nature, generally happy to encourage others to enter the profession and do well once they get there. After all, the more nurses in a community providing quality care, the more clients will benefit.
Some in the profession find different ways to be supportive, such as those who teach future nurses in classrooms or are part of a training program at a local hospital or medical center.
Others simply continue to practice, since nursing is considered a field where you can offer basic care and compassion at any age, especially once you’ve received a valid license.
This means there are plenty of opportunities for mentoring by the more seasoned nurses as well as the seasoned nurses sometimes learning a thing or two from the newer nurses about more modern techniques or tools that are able to improve care and quality of life for clients.
Fun of teaching
The designation of Licensed Vocational Nurse is a perfect starting place for someone interested in entering the home health care field or someone already active in nursing who wants to branch out and give home health a try.
It generally requires less experience than a Registered Nurse designation but many of the same standard duties, including taking blood pressure, inserting catheters, and changing bandages.
Either position can work well in a home health care environment rather than having someone visit a clinic or hospital. This type of care is helpful for clients who may not be able to visit an outside location to receive care but are still independent enough to stay in their homes.
Having a regular visit from an LVN or an RN can be especially helpful to assess how someone is doing physically or mentally. Part of a treatment plan can also include seeing if a client might need other services, including additional caregiving, or various therapies including massage therapy, occupational therapy or physical therapy.
In some communities, an LVN may be available to be assigned as a client’s caregiver but an RN may still visit to provide more advanced care or to confer with the LVN. Or an LVN may be able to provide respite care while a caregiver, such as a family member, enjoys some alone time.
These occasions can provide opportunities for interaction between nurses or other skilled professions. They may allow bonds to be forged between nurses who have been in the profession for a long time and those who may be just starting out.
The term ‘senior nurse,’ at least in the U.S. health care system, generally refers to nurses with more experience and older in age. (It’s an actual designation in the United Kingdom system above staff nurses but below ward nurses). In institutions with a large staff, senior nurses are often the ones who have been around longer and have been given more responsibility.
They have a mixed reputation at some facilities since many of them follow procedures and protocols that they learned years before and are comfortable with.
This is fine for patients, but senior nurses also are sometimes accused of resisting new initiatives or efforts designed to improve efficiency.
While this may be a challenge in a modern institution with a larger staff and a bigger budget to worry about, it’s less of an issue in the home health arena where the main goal is providing quality care on a small scale.
In these settings, a nurse who might be older will likely be welcomed and appreciated by clients and by younger colleagues alike. They will be able to share common references and create easy rapport with clients.
In situations where a younger nurse and senior nurse work together, it can give both an opportunity to spend time together. It may even be a chance for someone new to the profession to learn past methods and why they still work well.
This month is a perfect time to appreciate the role that senior nurses and senior clients both provide. Aug. 21 is National Senior Citizens Day, an opportunity to appreciate the important roles that seniors can provide in our community, and also encourage seniors to find opportunities in their communities to give back.
Accredited Home Care is happy to provide more information about opportunities for nurses of any age to join our award-winning team.