Chapter 38 – What is SN in Home Health Skilled Nursing?

SN is short for skilled nursing. An SN can either be an RN or LVN. RN visits patients for observation, assessment, and evaluation. Home health nurses also keep journals of each patient’s condition. These visits are non-reimbursable. RN visits are required for COVID-19 monitoring and may be provided in the patient’s home for the duration […]

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Chapter 36 – The SBAR Communication Technique for Reporting

This is an overview of Situation, Background, Assessment and Recommendation (SBAR) and how it can improve interprofessional communication and reduce the risk of harming patients. You’ll also learn how it can help your team. You can especially use it after your home health visits as you report to the home health agency or case management

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Chapter 35 – Mastering Your Agency’s EMR

We’ll discuss lessons learned from hundreds of EMR implementations and the benefits and drawbacks of mastering a new system. In particular, we’ll discuss how local user cultures affect implementation, the need for better training, and the importance of knowing why. To help you understand the benefits of an EMR, we’ll also discuss why learning two

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Chapter 33 – Five Star Rating Considerations For Home Health Agencies

Consumers often wonder how to go about assessing home health care providers based on star ratings. Care Compare through Medicare.gov provides this information based on the latest health care provider performance measures. This website is also how you can find different home health agencies and research about them as patients. As a consumer of healthcare,

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Chapter 27 – Some Common Medication Classifications

There are many different classes of drugs, each with its own unique classification and effect on the body. Depending on the type of drug, drugs can be classified into two categories: prescription and non-prescription. OTC drugs include remedies for common maladies and are available in lower doses than prescribed. Here are some common classifications for

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Chapter 26 – Medication Reconciliation For Nurses

Nurses can easily perform medication reconciliation, but there are several barriers that may prevent this vital task from being performed. These obstacles include: Time and effort; Patient-associated factors; and Low effort interventions. To overcome these obstacles, nurse must know the most important strategies. Listed below are some suggestions for medication reconciliation. Use them wisely! Obstacles

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Chapter 23 – Home Safety For Patients and Nurses

Managing patient safety in the home is a vital part of providing quality care at home. There are many different aspects to consider, from fall risks to medication safety. In addition to reducing patient safety risks, we discuss emergency preparedness and neighborhood safety. These tips will help you plan for and manage your patient’s needs

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Chapter 21 – Physical Assessment – Importance for Nurses

The importance of a thorough physical assessment for nurses cannot be overstated. By performing a complete physical examination, nurses establish the baseline of a patient’s medical diagnosis and presenting symptoms. Physical assessment also ensures the safety and security of a patient. The second-leading cause of sentinel events is an incorrect assessment of the patient’s condition.

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Chapter 20 – Pharmacology – Medications to Review

A sound understanding of pharmacology is essential for nurses. This will ensure minimal errors. Nurses are expected to administer the correct medications to the right patients or teach the patient or their caregivers proper administration techniques. Proper knowledge of pharmacology will enable them to correctly assess patients. This knowledge greatly contributes to the minimal errors

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Chapter 19 – Pathophysiology – Importance in Home Health

The three Ps of nursing education – Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and Physical Assessment – are all incredibly important aspects of nursing. This section explains how each P affects students’ ability to perform physical examinations. By providing a hands-on approach, the nurse integrates the three Ps into a holistic approach that helps them develop a deeper understanding

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Chapter 18 – How to Read a History and Physical Examination (H&P)

An H&P is a written report of a patient’s health condition. A H&P can vary in length, depending on the clinical situation and complexity of the case. The optimal length of an H&P allows the physician to clearly communicate the facts and emphasize the reliability of the information provided. The first part of the report

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Chapter 14 – Nontherapeutic Communication – What to Avoid

There are many types of nontherapeutic communication techniques including False Reassurances, Overloading, and Judging. These can be harmful, as they suggest that the nurse knows best. Instead, therapeutic communication techniques should focus on asking good questions, guiding, and listening to the patient’s needs. False Reassurances There are many nontherapeutic communication techniques, but one technique is

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