10 ways you know you’re a home health nurse!

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Is your car your office? If you’re nodding your head, you just might be a home health nurse! Here are top 10 telltale signs that you’re definitely a home health nurse (wink wink).


Top 10 ways you know you’re a home health nurse…

10. You carry a virtual clinic in your work vehicle and could easily respond solo to a small disaster.

9. You’re greeted by patients’ pets and given the “lick of approval” before entering the residence.

8. Duct tape, bug spray, jumper cables and toilet tissue are as much a part of your supplies as your stethoscope.

7. You know the best little “mom and pop” diners, coffee shops and watering holes that have Wi-Fi out in the “boonies.”

6. You have all the clean restrooms and isolated fields pinned on your GPS for emergency pit stops.

5. You have superior assessment skills and the ability to improvise, adapt and overcome in any situation.

4. You carry your own fold-up stool or chair and always (politely, of course) decline any food or drink that is offered by the patient or family.

3. You do NOT own a pair of white scrub pants and your favorite colors are dark and don’t show dirt.

2. You firmly believe ALL medical residents should spend a few months riding with a home care nurse to understand how their patients live when not in the hospital.

1. You know precisely where your cell phone will lose its signal and time your calls accordingly.

Home health nurses, what would you add to this list?

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Nurse Rene

Nurse Rene has been an RN since 1978; CCRN since 1989 and attained a BSN in 2010. She has worked in virtually every specialty from Neonatology to Neurosurgery and is a Member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society with a particular interest in helping students and new grads develop to their full potential. She's been married for 33 years and has a keen interest in history and in current issues as nursing continues to develop as a Real Profession. When not spoiling the grandchildren, she enjoys sewing, cooking, kayaking, camping and travel. She likes all music which does not hurt her ears, watching NCIS, Leverage, Top Gear and Criminal Minds and reads books written by Clive Cussler, Miss Manners, Erma Bombeck and Tom Clancy. She enjoys collecting Quotations for use in her writings.

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10 Responses to 10 ways you know you’re a home health nurse!

  1. moozie

    While driving through a neighborhood on your day off and you find yourself thinking, “I have been in that house, and that house, and that house. Oh look the old homestead is for sale, they finally made the move”

  2. radbsn

    When by the second or third certification you know the patient’s medical history and medication list better than they do!

  3. davidthenurse

    This doesn’t include the ability to complete paperwork while picking up kids from school, cooking dinner, doing laundry or all of the above.

  4. Smithteamracing

    As a home health nurse in the San Fernando Valley (outside LA) I knew where all the great shade trees were located. Good for lunch & charting in the car.

  5. drummerrn

    you might be a home care nurse if you can drive, follow your gps, give report, take new orders, maybe steer with your knee, write something down at a stop light…or not all at the same time!

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  7. Bklapine

    You are very good at timing exactly how long it will take to get just about anywhere, even when you aren’t working!