Home Healthcare Nurse

How to Become a Home Healthcare Nurse
Job Duties of a Home Healthcare Nurse
Skills and Qualities of a Home Healthcare Nurse
Home Healthcare Nurse Salaries
Influential Professional Home Healthcare Nurses
Leading Home Healthcare Nurse Organizations
Top Cities for Home Healthcare Nursing Jobs
Other Careers of Interest

How to become a Home Healthcare Nurse

Sometimes also called nurse liaison account managers or home health nurses, one must first become a nurse before specializing in home healthcare nursing.

There are two general types of professional nursing designations: licensed vocational nurse (LVN)/ Licensed practical nurses (LPN) and registered nurse (RN).

LPN/LVNs and need a high school diploma, to attend an approved and accredited practical nursing program, and to pass an exam administered by the state in which they wish to practice. Most practical nursing programs are at junior colleges and technical schools, but there are programs available through colleges, universities, hospitals and even some high schools; most programs last about one year. The core curriculum of the program covers what one would expect from a medical program: physiology and anatomy, various specific areas of medicine (psychiatric, obstetric, pediatric, surgical), pharmacology, nutrition, and training in various treatments and procedures. Programs most often combine hands-on learning along with in-class learning. The LPN exam is a computer-based test administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. programs and exams vary from state to state.

RNs (typically what people think about when they think about nurses) must go through a full degree program (bachelors of science or sometimes associates) offered through many of the same educational facilities mentioned above. There are a number of ways this formal post-high school training can be taken, sometimes with a work-study type of arrangement and often times there are also accelerated programs that offer RNs the ability to go from an associates to a bachelors or even masters degree in nursing. This program flexibility also works for those who already have bachelors degrees and choose nursing as a career later. It is strongly recommended to have a full 4-year degree in nursing vs. an associates degree. RNs study the above course content plus more hard science, like microbiology and chemistry. Licensure as an RN involves a national exam. There are some states who are in one network (enabled by the Nurse Licensure Compact Agreement) that recognize any of the other states' nursing licenses.

States tend to require license renewals, which usually mean continuing education. RNs can advance in their certifications for advanced specialties, including the areas of clinical, anesthetic, midwife or nurse practitioner nursing.

What does a Home Healthcare Nurse do?

Home healthcare nurses provide a vital patient to medical care giver link by visiting patients in their homes. This sometimes done on a one-time basis (to check up on patients after surgery or other involved medical treatment or after a child birth) or as a part of on-going general health care (as in the case of home-bound folks, elderly patients or patients who are in an area where there are no major clinics and hospitals to go to.) Some home healthcare nurses also practice within nursing home and long-term care facilities.

Home healthcare nurses provide care differently from their hospital-based counterparts, as they often have a much more integral role to play in the administration of care, development of care plans, and patient evaluation. Some LPNs involved in home healthcare also participate in everyday household activities, like meal preparation. All nurses play a vital role in helping educating family members on medical issues and providing the non-technical, soft skills support of comfort and encouragement.

No matter what type of nursing one chooses to go into, documentation, record keeping and other administrative duties feature heavily as a part of the day-to-day experience.

What skills or qualities do I need to become a Home Healthcare Nurse?

In addition to having an analytical mind that can work with the human body's complexity and the ability to pass the licensure requirements, nurses must have an even temperament be fairly composed - yet compassionate - people. Nursing is where the technical and people skills come together in a major way. Being detail oriented goes without saying, as nurses participate in complex procedures and work with drugs and medications. Their observations and records also play a part in monitoring the status of their patients. Nurses also must poses an ability to remain calm and logical in times of great distress, stress and crisis.

How much do Home Healthcare Nurses make?

LPN/LVN annual wages range from $27,000 to $52,000+ while RN wages range from $42,000 to $87,000+. Home healthcare services organizations appear to be one of the largest employer types of nurses, after hospitals, nursing care facilities and physician's offices.

Who are some influential professionals in this field?

Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) is often seen as the mother of modern nursing. To see who is now leading the field, a helpful hit is to look at the leaders and board members of the below key organizations.

What are some leading organizations in this field?


American Nurses Association

American Society of Registered Nurses

National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service

National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses

National League for Nursing

National Council of State Boards of Nursing

Bureau of Health Professions


American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools

Specialty Nursing Areas

National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

American College of Nurse-Midwives

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

What are the top cities for Home Healthcare Nursing jobs?

There seems to be no one metropolitan area that is especially good for home healthcare nursing opportunities, but on the other hand, there seem to be many opportunities in many places.

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