Home health nursing is a nursing specialty that’s open to RNs, LPNs, or LVNs, depending on the position. Home health nurses visit patients in their homes to provide one-on-one medical care. Home health patients may be elderly, physically disabled, mentally handicapped, suffering from a chronic disease, terminally ill, or recovering from an injury or accident. Home health nurses practice in a non-traditional work environment and often care for the same patients long-term, which may appeal to those looking for a change of pace.
Home health nurse salary Home health RNs earn more than home health LPNs. According to PayScale, home health RNs have an average annual salary of $63,144 annually. Broken down, staff home health RNs can expect to earn about $1,214 weekly and $30.35 hourly in a 40-hour work week. In comparison, NurseFly data listed an average weekly salary of $1,314 for home health travel nurses in 2019. Typically, travel nurses who travel at least 50 miles from their permanent tax home also earn tax-free stipends, including housing allowances, per diems for meals, and health insurance.
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What are the best agencies for Home Health Nurse jobs?
The agencies on NurseFly that currently have the most Home Health Nurse jobs are American Mobile Healthcare (276), Ardor Health Solutions (140), and trustaff (133).
How Much Do Home Health Nurse Jobs Pay?
For jobs available on NurseFly as of Tuesday, October 27th 2020, the average weekly pay for Home Health Nurse jobs is $1,806, but can pay up to $2,913 per week. In 2020, Home Health Nurses jobs on Nursefly paid a gross average weekly pay of $1,728 per week working an average of 36 hours per week. This includes non-taxable compensation like living stipends, meal stipends, and housing which add up to an average value of $1,142 per week.
- min - $998
- avg - $1,806
- max - $2,913
What does a home health nurse do?
The duties of home health nurses vary based on the patient’s needs. Home Health RNs provide basic patient care with various duties, including:
Administering IV medications
Taking and monitoring vital signs
Caring for wounds
Drawing blood for labs
Assisting with ADLs
Home health nurses also keep detailed patient records and may inspect patients’ home medical equipment, such as ventilators, infusion pumps, and dialysis machines, to ensure they’re working correctly.
Where do home health nurses work?
Home health nurses typically work in their patients’ homes, but they may care for patients who reside in an assisted living facility. Nurses typically work for home health agencies, which match them to patients, but they may also be employed by retirement communities, medical centers, insurance companies, government organizations, or travel nursing agencies. Home health nurses may work with a single patient full-time or visit multiple patients every day.
What skills make a good home health nurse?
Because home health nurses work with patients of all ages and perform a wide variety of tasks, they must have well-rounded nursing skills. They must also possess solid documentation and recordkeeping skills, especially if they’re responsible for multiple patients’ charts. Effective communication, problem-solving, and detail-oriented rank high among beneficial skills for a good home health nurse. Because they work in a more intimate environment, home health nurses should have strong interpersonal skills to build trust, rapport, and a healthy nurse-patient relationship and deliver compassionate care with a friendly, yet professional demeanor.