At-home nursing can be one of the most rewarding but demanding careers for any nurse. No matter the experience level, each client an at-home nurse cares for will offer their own unique challenges and demands. The relationships you build with these clients are what make the job great. There are a few steps an individual would need to take to become an at-home nurse, so let’s get right into it.
The first step to becoming an at-home nurse is becoming certified as a nurse. Two types of education are needed for this. First, you would need to obtain a baccalaureate degree in nursing in order to continue on to step two. This is your application to the College of Nurses in your province. You will need to pass a number of assessments, including an RN Jurisprudence Exam, and then you will finally be certified and registered as a nurse.
The next step is getting adequate experience in the nursing field. Whether this occurs in a hospital, family doctor’s office, or other location is up to you. Until you feel competent handling a variety of patient needs and diagnoses on your own, you aren’t ready for at- home nursing.
Finally, it is time to focus your nursing career to the at-home sector. Now that your resume is diverse and you have a lot of experience caring for a variety of patients with diverse conditions, you can apply to an at-home nursing company. You may also go private. If you choose to start your at-home nursing career with a company, you will have a training period to acclimatize you to the different working environment. You will have a lot of travel time, and you’ll need to make sure all of the medical supplies and equipment you will require for a day’s worth of patients is in your vehicle. You will learn how to complete reports and update records, and how to work both in a team and on your own. Now, you’re a successful at-home nurse.
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