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Home Health Travel Nursing Guide
As the Baby Boomer population continues to age, home health needs are on the rise in the U.S. Demand is consistently high and growing for home health nurses and other healthcare professionals to work in home health, and that means there are many high-paying home health travel nursing jobs in cool locations nationwide!
Home Health Travel Nursing Careers
A career in home health travel nursing is a wonderful way for you to avoid nurse burnout. Healthcare is still a very demanding job, but the variety of locations can help keep you motivated to provide the best patient care possible and protect your own mental health in the process. It’s also a great way to continue to gain experience, learn from patients in various parts of the country, and continue to improve your resume. When you travel with Medical Solutions, you’ll also earn great money and have great benefits.
To be successful working in home health you must be an excellent communicator, highly adaptable, have great organizational and interpersonal skills, have practiced technical skills, and have high levels of compassion and patience. In home health you never know quite what you’re walking into, and it’s very important to be culturally competent and highly respectful of various religions, races, sexual orientations, cultures, and all such identities.
The goal in home health is to provide ongoing care for illness, injury, or chronic conditions in a patient’s home setting. In addition to providing healthcare services, home health workers help speed the healing process and assist patients in regaining their independence. In the process, in many cases, part of the goal is to help patients, family members, and caregivers become more self-sufficient as well. Home health care can also make a really positive impact in a patient’s self-esteem and mental health. Despite the home setting, the goal of home health staff is to provide high-quality, comprehensive healthcare that maintains and promotes each patient’s ultimate health goals and treatment.
Who Works in Home Health?
A wide array of healthcare professionals work in home health so they can join forces to offer their patients comprehensive care. Home health workers and teams can include RNs, CNAs, LPNs, LVNs, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, psychiatric RNs or other psychiatric staff, house call doctors, administrative staff, and social workers/case managers.
Who’s Treated in Home Health?
A wide range of patients and healthcare services can be delivered through home health services. Home health is typically more convenient and cheaper than visiting a hospital or staying in a skilled nursing facility when patients need help managing and/or treating medical conditions, illnesses, and injuries. Patients could need assistance with healthcare needs including IV therapy, injections, PICC line dressing changes, nutrition therapy and monitoring, disability, patient and/or caregiver education, monitoring and assessment of ongoing conditions and illnesses, checking vitals, verifying safe conditions in the home, and care coordination. Some common examples of conditions that may be treated by home health workers include (but are not limited to) recovery from surgical procedures, COPD, kidney disease, heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s.
Quick Home Health Facts
- Commonly required home health RN education: Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and/or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), plus passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)
- Commonly required home health certifications: Basic Life Support (BLS)
- Commonly preferred home health certifications: Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
- Commonly required experience to become a travel home health RN: A minimum of two years of recent experience is typically required in order to hire you as a home health travel nurse. You’ll want the benefit of experience since travel nurses have to hit the ground running!
- Average annual home health RN salary range: $52,000-$92,500
- Locations where home health RNs are in high demand: Demand for home health RNs is growing nationwide! Alaska, California, Washington D.C., New Jersey, and Wyoming reflect high demand with higher average home health RN salaries.
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