Home Health Care Nurse Practitioner


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BASIC DESCRIPTION

Home health care nurse practitioners provide home-based care to chronically ill patients across age groups. They conduct assessment, diagnose disease conditions, order and provide treatment, and evaluate patient care. They also provide referral services if necessary. They work with members of the health care and maintain close communication with patients and caregivers.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Registered nurse preparation, a master’s degree and Nurse Practitioner certification are required.

CORE COMPETENCIES/SKILLS NEEDED

■ Excellent assessment and analytical skills
■ Ability to work independently
■ Knowledge of home health care regulations and reimbursement
■ Excellent organizational, leadership, and communication skills
■ Knowledge of regulations on advance directives and end-of-life care

RELATED WEB SITES AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

■ American College of Nurse Practitioners (http://www.acnpweb.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1)
■ National Association for Home Care and Hospice (http://www.nahc.org/)
■ Visiting Nurse Service of New York (http://www.vnsny.org/our-services/)

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