Home Health?: A Step Down? Or the Most Essential?

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Anyway, just the other day at work, I had a co-worker of mine go on a bashing raid on some home health nurse that she didn’t know. I was so eager to inquire what bothered her so much?

I wasn’t necessarily interested in what beef she had with this other nurse, but rather a collection of perceptions about the specialty.

Let’s face it, the truth is…#everyone wants to work in some amazing specialty like ICU, Surgery, ER, or whatever have you. And with that said, sadly, no one ever thinks about Home Health. When I first came to California, I’ve thought about doing some home health, I won’t lie to you. Every one thinks it’s just glucose sticks, blood pressure readings, assessment, med-passing, education, etc. Sometimes though, home health can really extend into a med-surg floor at home. Depending on how much coming out of their pockets, if you know what I mean. However, it just didn’t seem appealing, again…sadly.  

I suppose ICU, Surgery, ER, etc. are like the celebrities of the mix. Many of these specialities have high wages, for sure. These nurses are considered, socially, as the hard-core nurses. The “pinnacle,” of a career so to speak. While, home health nurses are really the untold soldiers/veterans who fight for our freedoms. And they get paid like crap. I hope you get my drift…and see where I’m going with this.

But why I say?

Truth is, I don’t really know. I was hoping someone would bring it to light for me.

This is just my opinion of course, if you think about it…home health nursing is actually a crucial step in the “continuum of care.” All specialties are, really. But, I’m just saying…home health shouldn’t get so much crap. Patients would come in, to inpatient facilities, getting the immediate care that they need and then off they go. If home health is all about education, blood pressure and sugar checks, then so be it. I think a big part of the continuum of care is education. It’s what essentially helps people stay out of the hospital. At least it attempts to anyway.

My father, just this past year (a year ago to be roughly exact), suffered and survived a heart attack. The day he got out of the hospital, I was there by his side. His motivation to get well, get healthy, go to the gym, etc. was at an all time high. A year later, I suppose all that motivation to “stay-fit” and “get-well,” just didn’t stick…Would it have been different if he had a home health nurse, motivating his life change? Someone striving to educate him to keep taking that initiative for a stronger heart? I suppose that someone could be at home, instead of all the way in California.    

But, somewhere along those lines of “wanting to get better” just died down and the “will to just be happy and live life” took over. So, with that said, I can’t blame anyone for their own choices. Again, there is a fine line, and my beliefs still remain the same. Just like when it comes to the topic of smoking…you can’t tell people what they can or cannot do. You can only simply advise them and continue to educate and offer those quick remediations. And let them decide on a path of life for themselves.



Author: nursesarereal

My nursing professor once said that keeping a journal, over time, will allow me to see growth. In myself? I’m not sure yet. I’m hoping. I like to believe that nursing school saved my life. Maybe I’ll have some fun doing this. Cheers.

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