The Bureau of Labor and Statistics predicted that employment of registered nurses would grow 26 percent from 2010 to 2020. "This growth is due primarily to technological advancements; an increased emphasis on preventive care; and the large, aging baby-boomer population who will demand more health care services as they live longer and more active lives."
Home health care employs:
- Registered nurses
- Licensed practical nurses
- Pediatric nurses
- Hospice nurses
While there are many health care areas for nurses to consider, here are five reasons why home health care is a unique and very rewarding choice.
- It is a growing industry
There is an increased demand for health care services coming from the aging baby-boomer population. According to a survey by American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), a vast majority of elders prefer aging in the comfort of home, which means nurses will continue to be in demand in these settings.
- You can work autonomously
If you enjoy working more independently while still being part of a caring team, home health care strikes the perfect balance. Home health care professionals benefit from 24-hour clinical support, training, continuing education, and career development—all while having more autonomy in their work.
- You will use all of your skills
There are several areas where home health care nurses can apply their skills. From geriatrics and pediatrics, to post-surgical visits or hospice care, all of your skills will be required. Additional training can also be provided to help you become a specialist in an age group or area of care, such as pediatrics or high-tech tracheostomy and ventilator care.
- More flexibility
Home health care offers many care assignment options, such as full-time, part-time, per diem, and even weekend positions. A full-service company with a wide range of pediatric, adult, and senior clients will be able to offer you assignments that match your expertise and preferences.
- It is truly rewarding work
One of the greatest rewards, and a distinct difference from other care environments, is the time you have to focus on your clients. This interaction allows you to take the time you need with each client—unlike the demands of a busy patient floor. Practicing your passion in the home environment allows you to see firsthand the immediate benefits of your care.
If you would like to find out more about home health care nursing, visit the Home Healthcare Nursing Association.
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