Home Care Nurse Job Description: Top Duties and Requirements

A Home Care Nurse, or Home Health Nurse, is a Registered Nurse that visits patients at home to provide medical and personal care. Their primary duties include administering medication, monitoring and reporting a patient’s condition to their physician, and assisting with personal grooming and hygiene.

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Home Care Nurse duties and responsibilities

Home Care Nurses have many duties and responsibilities to ensure they provide the best care to their patients, including:

  • Travel to patients’ homes to provide medical and personal care 
  • Administer medicine 
  • Inspect wounds and change dressings 
  • Assist with personal grooming and hygiene tasks 
  • Test for things like infection, weakness, and bedsores 
  • Collaborate with Physicians to create personalized healthcare plans 
  • Help educate other caregivers and family members on how to care for the patient 
  • Monitor patients and keep their treating physician in the loop

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"Your Opportunity: Drayton Valley is a vibrant town in Central Alberta, situated between the North Saskatchewan and Pembina Rivers of the Brazeau County. The area is known for its vast oil fields and beautify wilderness areas and boasts many services and recreation opportunities. Enjoy ice hockey, ringette, curling, soccer, baseball and rodeos at the Drayton Valley Omni plex Sports Centre. A public swimming pool, a ski hill, a bowling alley, and the Drayton Valley Golf and Country Club are just some of the available recreation opportunities. With a population of just over 7000 people, Drayton Valley is a 133 km drive from the nearest large urban centre (Edmonton). As a Therapy Assistant you will perform safe and effective patient treatment activities for individuals under the direction of the Occupational & Physiotherapist. This is a home care position and as such you will find yourself working in client's homes and in congregate living settings in the community. You will be involved in assisting in various interventions including strengthening and mobility programs, provision of mobility aids, ADL training, therapeutic transfers, equipment maintenance and inspection. Other duties include scheduling appointments, equipment ordering and provision, inventory cleaning and maintenance, ordering supplies, and preparing treatment areas. Description: As a Therapy Assistant, you will work both individually and as part of an interprofessional team under the assignment, monitoring and evaluation of an audiologist, occupational therapist, recreation therapist or speech-language pathologist. You will contribute to effective and efficient rehabilitation services including direct and indirect client care across the health care continuum (healthy living, getting better, living with illness and disability, end of life care) for all ages as well as non-client service provision. This role will require you to work effectively with internal and external partners, and display professionalism and strong ethics in both client centered care and participation in care teams. You will demonstrate evidence of reflective thinking and lifelong learning that enhances individual and team competency. You will have opportunities to use your interpersonal and clinical skills in contributing to quality improvement, program planning and student supervision. Classification: Therapy Assistant Union: HSAA Facility PROF/TECH Department: Occupational Therapy HC Primary Location: Drayton Valley Com/Mental Hlth Multi-Site: Not Applicable FTE: 0.70 Posting End Date: 28-JUN-2021 Employee Class: Regular Part Time Date Available: 19-JUL-2021 Hours per Shift: 7.75 Length of Shift in weeks: 2 Shifts per cycle: 7 Shift Pattern: Days Days Off: As Per Rotation Minimum Salary: $24.08 Maximum Salary: $30.18 Vehicle Requirement: Driver's License, Vehicle Required Required Qualifications: Completion of diploma from an accredited post-secondary rehabilitation Therapy Assistant program or equivalent training may be considered. Additional Required Qualifications: Diploma from an approved post-secondary rehabilitation Therapy Assistant program that includes Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy. Equivalent related training may be considered. Heart & Stroke: Basic Cardiac Life Support – Healthcare Provider (BCLS-HCP). Preferred Qualifications: As Required."
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"This posting is for a 1 (one) year term working 75 hours bi-weekly This posting will also be used for Anticipatory Permanent position Your work, your life: balance People like to throw the phrase around. But what does it really mean to have work-life balance? Is it just about balancing your time at work with your time away from it? In Yukon, we see it as the joy of living that comes from experiencing achievement and enjoyment in both your work and your personal life. Our communities, our lifestyles, our recreational and cultural options, and the opportunities for service, education, and personal growth means Yukoners don’t wait around for the joy of life to arrive; its here and now for us. Turns out, work-life balance is just another way of saying you’re moving to a Continuing Care Career in Yukon. Continuing Care’s philosophy is “Every action and decision performed by this position is founded on respect for the residents and clients, for the promotion of their dignity, individual freedom, choice and lifestyle, and meaningful quality living. “ As part of the Care & Community branch, the Yukon Home Care Program provides client-focused health services in the home, improving quality of life and supporting Yukoners to live independently. Our Core Values include client & community-focused care; excellence in care; collaborative team approach; respect & dignity; and a Commitment to whole health. Home Care is looking for an individual with experience in community care, has strong supervisory skills in combination with leadership experience, and is committed to serving the needs of home care clients. Reporting to the Manager, Community Care, this position provides leadership and clinical supervision for an team with a broad range of service responsibilities. This individual will need to have the ability to work collaboratively with a variety of different care providers and community partners, as well as other Health and Social Services branches to ensure that clients’ needs are met and staff are well supported. For more information about this position, please contact Heidi Croucher, Manager, Community Care at [phone number] or [email address] For more information about the recruitment process, please contact Ann Caron, HR Consultant at [phone number] or [email address] Please do not email resumes to email address above; resumes may only be accepted through E-Recruitment. Link to create your account to apply here *Refer to here for more information about preparing your resume for a Yukon Government posting * Essential Qualifications: Please submit your resume clearly demonstrating how you meet the following qualifications – specifically – how your work experiences and related duties align with the essential qualifications shown below. Note that selection for further consideration will be based solely on the information you provide in your resume. Currently registered as a health care professional Recent supervisory experience in an operational health or social care setting Experience planning, developing and implementing new health or social care services or projects Experience working as part of an team to deliver clinical services Desired Knowledge, Skills and Suitability Candidates should have and may be assessed on: Supervisory experience; including the ability to mentor, coach and transfer knowledge to staff Ability to identify, analyze, develop and implement methods for service issues, problems and situations Ability to lead quality improvement initiatives Strong knowledge and experience in care coordination Effective communication skills, both oral and written Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships and professional partnerships Strong organizational skills and time management skills to support a diverse team Ability to take a broad-based, strategic approach to develop new or changing Continuing Care services to accommodate the needs and circumstances of Yukon residents Commitment to providing quality client care Ability to work in a multicultural environment with a respectful emphasis on First Nation’s culture Additional Information Conditions of Employment: TB screening, Vulnerable Sector RCMP Security Clearance, CPR Level C (obtained within the past 18 months), valid Yukon Class 5 driver’s licence, WHMIS 2015, current registration in the candidate’s field of practice. Job Requirements: Exposure to animals, second-hand smoke from clients, heavy lifting and bending, exposure to latex products and occasional travel by road and air, both in and out the Yukon Territory. Relocation expenses may be considered. Eligibility List 12 months Post Date 5 July 2021 Close Date 19 July 2021"
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"Qualifications * High School Diploma or equivalent * Computer Training and demonstrated skills in Word, Excel and Outlook * Minimum of one (1) year related administrative experience * Previous experience with staff scheduling programs/systems * Date entry experience * Experience in Health Care an asset, experience in Home Care preferred * Demonstrated organizational skills, and the ability to work independently * Demonstrated communication skills * Demonstrated flexibility to facilitate changes in techniques and procedures * Province of Manitoba Class 5 Drivers License, and access to a personal vehicle to provide service within Prairie Mountain Health * Ability to display independent judgment * Ability to respect and promote a culturally diverse population * Ability to respect and promote confidentiality * Ability to perform the duties of the position on a regular basis Position Summary Working within an interdisciplinary team, the Home Care Scheduling Clerk III is responsible for the scheduling and assigning of appropriate Home Care Direct Service Workers/Direct Service Nurses to meet client needs. The Scheduling Clerk is also responsible for the completion of required administrative functions related to service implementation, scheduling, timekeeping and mileage reports. Responsibilities: Overview: Maintains individual employee Procura schedules. Responds to service requests and change in service notices from the Case Coordinator and or Direct Service Nurse within two working days, and identifies appropriate resources available for assignment. Processes service requests according to priority through consultation with Case Coordinator and/or Direct Service Nurse. Provides assigned workers with assignment information, specific duties, day, hours, and frequency etc. Notifies assigned Direct Service Worker/ Direct Service Nurse of resumption and termination of service. Maintains Home Care client information in accordance with established guidelines. Completes Procura timekeeping responsibilities using Procura best practice. Adheres to PHIA and FIPPA legislation. Documents any concerns and refers them to appropriate Must have a working knowledge of all applicable Collective Agreements. Responds to calls from staff members (DSW and/or DSN). Refers any issues related to employee performance to appropriate Coordinator or Manager to address. Seeks consultation with Manager or designate appropriately and identifies learning needs as they arise. Works within scope of the position. Sundry duties as assigned. This position is subject to a Criminal Records Check (including vulnerable sector), Adult Abuse Registry Check, and a Child Abuse Registry Check. The successful candidate will be responsible for any services charges incurred. If you are currently employed by PMH, please utilize the internal application form. If you are not employed by PMH, please utilize the external application form. In order to be considered for the position, both internal and external applicants must submit a current resume with their application form. If you are an external applicant, please include three work related references with this application. They must be from persons who are not related to you, and who have direct knowledge of your past work performance. Upon being considered for employment, your signature or electronic submission of this application is your authorization to complete said reference checks. PMH has an Aboriginal Human Resources initiative and is committed to increasing the representation of Aboriginal people within all levels of our workforce. Aboriginal applicants are encouraged to voluntarily self identify as being of Aboriginal descent in their cover letter and/or within their application form. We thank all applicants that apply but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Health AND Wellness FOR ALL"

What does a Home Care Nurse do?

A Home Care Nurse provides personal and medical care at a patient’s home. Their patients are typically elderly, dealing with disabilities, or may be bedridden, so they may be unable to leave their homes or prefer not to visit a hospital or doctor’s office. Thus, a Home Care Nurse must provide medical care at their home by doing tasks such as administering medicine, changing dressings, and checking blood pressure. Home Care Nurses may also assist the patient with their personal grooming and hygiene by bathing them, changing their clothes, or helping them in and out of bed. Home Care Nurses also work with the patient’s physician to develop a healthcare plan, and ensure the patient and their family are kept up-to-date.

Home Care Nurse skills and qualifications

Home Care Nurses work with bedridden, elderly, or disabled patients who are able to live in the comfort of their own home instead of a hospital or long-term care facility. Some prerequisite skills and qualifications every Home Care Nurse needs include:

  • Ability to work independently 
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills 
  • Great interpersonal skills 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication 
  • Ability to empathize with patients 
  • Able to provide physical and emotional support 
  • Active listening skills 
  • Up-to-date knowledge of medical practices and equipment

Home Care Nurse experience requirements

In addition to the necessary education, Home Care Nurse candidates should have experience in a traditional nursing role. Working in a hospital, doctor’s office, or other large care setting gives candidates hands-on experience while other Nurses and Physicians are there to help. This prepares candidates to work on their own in patients’ homes.

Home Care Nurse education and training requirements

Home Care Nurses must first be a qualified Registered Nurse to perform their job. To do this, candidates in every province and territory except Quebec must have a bachelor’s degree in nursing. In Quebec, candidates must have a three-year Diploma of Collegial Studies in nursing or a higher designation. Once candidates finish necessary schooling, they must obtain a nursing license for the province or territory they want to work in. For example, candidates in Ontario must register with the College of Nurses of Ontario. Finally, to become certified, all Canadian candidates must pass the National Council Licensure Exam.

Job salary expectations

According to Indeed Salaries, the average salary for a Home Care Nurse in Canada is $117,474 per year. This salary varies and is dependent on experience, location and the client or agency.

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Home Care Nurse job description FAQs

What is the difference between a Nurse and a Home Care Nurse?

Nurses typically work in a hospital or doctor’s office to provide patient care. Home Care Nurses are Registered Nurses and follow the same academic path to start their careers. The difference between the roles depends on their work environment. Home Care Nurses choose to help patients in their homes instead of a hospital, doctor’s office, long-term care facility, or another healthcare setting. The only difference between the two is the environment in which they work and the health concerns they typically manage.

Who does a Home Care Nurse report to?

Home Care Nurses typically work for an agency. The agency connects Home Care Nurses with patients, handles scheduling, and manages other administrative tasks. Patients or families contact the agency who then assign a Home Care Nurse to provide support. Some Home Care Nurses are self-employed, so a patient or their family can hire a Home Care Nurse directly who reports to the client or their family members.

Where do Home Care Nurses work?

Home Care Nurses spend most of their time visiting various patients’ homes. If needed, Home Care Nurses may also provide care at the patient’s workplace or school. Home Care Nurses also work in doctor’s offices or hospitals to communicate with the patients’ physicians and healthcare team.

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