The nursing venue is in constant flux with an ever changing elderly population. Soon the baby boomers will be our elderly population needing nursing care, both in the hospital and out. But we must define “out.” “Out” can be in a nursing home, in an assisted living facility, or now, many choose to stay at home. This article will focus on the latter.
Nurses must be prepared for all situations and Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland is doing such with the teaching of home health care. Through the addition of home health theory and a two day clinical experience – not withstanding a laboratory on campus built with a living room and a bedroom area, these students are receiving critical skills that will provide them with access to open doors throughout the nursing field.
Nurses learn in hospitals and nursing homes, but this learning can not always be translated into home health care. Home health care in many instances is where the nurse is working on their own, without the help of other medical staff. This takes critical thinking for oneself and through education, with Howard Community College being the frontrunner of this concept; we must all take note to begin the process of educating our nursesfor the future.
Learn more about the home health aide profession.
Michael V. Gruber, MPH