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Working As A Visiting Nurse

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $67,490

    Average Salary

What Does A Visiting Nurse Do At Brookdale Senior Living

* Evaluate patient and home health environment to determine required services and involve the patient and patient"s family in developing the plan of care
* Develop the POC based on findings from evaluation visit
* Serve as the patient"s advocate and maintain ongoing communication with physician, referral sources, caregivers and facility management to facilitate coordination of care
* Responsible for timely completion and synchronization of OASIS visits within the patient home via device (EMR)
* Provide direct supervision of nursing clinical care team members (LPN"s/LVN"s & HHA"s)
* Benefits:
* Brookdale offers a number of benefits to full-time associates including, but not limited to: medical, dental, vision, disability, life, paid time off, educational reimbursement.
* All associates, age 21 and older, are eligible to participate in the 401(k) retirement savings plan.
* Brookdale
* Bringing new life to senior living./
* A career with Brookdale Healthcare Services has never been so rewarding! Brookdale Home Health is ranked among the Top Ten largest home heath companies in the country.
* Many of our agencies carry a five-star rating and are recognized by Decision Health as Home Care Elite agencies.
* We own and operate more than 80+ agencies nationwide, serving approximately 17,000 patients throughout our Brookdale Home Health Division

What Does A Visiting Nurse Do At Hancock Regional Hospital

* The Visit Nurse provides direct patient care in the home to adult and/or geriatric patients.
* Assesses the patient to identify physical, psycho-social and environmental needs
* Communicates with the multidisciplinary team of physical therapist, occupational therapist and speech therapist regarding patient progress
* Works under the direction of an RN Case Manager while demonstrating knowledge and technical skill necessary for providing competent, comprehensive and age-specific patient care.
* Provides nursing care within the parameters set forth by the physicians orders and RN Case Manager assessment to ensure positive patient care outcomes.
* Documents patient progress and reports any significant changes in a timely manner to the supervising RN Case Manager.
* Educates patients concerning procedures, treatments and needs, and ensures medical orders are carried out accurately and in a timely manner.
* Provides patients with the knowledge and assistance to learn appropriate self-care techniques.
* Assist in the administration of medications and treatments as prescribed by the physician
* Assures completeness of ordered procedures and treatments

What Does A Visiting Nurse Do At Advantage Nursing Services

* Supports and adheres to the agency’s mission, philosophy, policies and service approach.
* Provides direct patient care using holistic approach, within the scope of knowledge and experience base.
* Visits clients in their homes per the frequency on the care plan.
* Must including one of the following tasks:
* May fill a 1 week supply of insulin syringes for diabetics who can self-inject the medication but cannot fill their own syringe.
* This service would include monitoring the patient’s continued ability to self-administer the insulin.
* Make sure manufacturer recommendations don’t contradict with this.
* The nurse may set up oral medications in divided daily compartments for a client who self-administers prescribed medications but needs assistance and monitoring due to a minimal level of disorientation or confusion.
* The nurse may monitor a client’s skin condition when a client is at risk of skin breakdown due to immobility, incontinency, or both.
* The nurse may provide nail care for a diabetic or client with other medically contradicting conditions, if the client is unable to perform this task.
* The nurse will be authorized to visit all personal care clients who also receive advanced personal care, on a monthly basis, to evaluate the adequacy of the authorized services to meet the needs and the conditions of the client, and to assess the advanced personal aide’s ability to carry out the authorized services.
* The nurse may provide on-the-job training to advanced personal care aides.
* The nurse visits authorized may be carried out by an LPN, if under the direction of an RN, except the task training of the advanced personal care aides and the 6 month visits of the advanced personal care clients.
* Maintains client confidentiality in accordance with HIPAA and agency policy standards.
* Attends all staff meetings, case conferences and required in-services.
* Participates in the planning and coordination of total patient care in conjunction with the RN and the physician’s plan of treatment/physician’s orders.
* Follows the plan of treatment and nursing care plan for each assigned client.
* Follows all state and federal guidelines.
* Observes the client; evaluates the care of the client: applies nursing skill knowledge to the patients to whom is assigned.
* Accurately reports and records the patient’s condition and care, including signs and symptoms which may be indicative of change.
* Prepares clinical/progress notes on the day of the shift.
* Clinical/progress notes are due in the agency per protocol.
* While visiting the home checks to make sure the environment the patient is living in is adequate and safe.
* Confirm on a weekly basis, the scheduling of shifts.
* Contact physician to obtain orders or clarify existing orders over the phone.
* Assist in administration of prescribed medications and treatments.
* Maintains an ongoing knowledge of current drug therapy.
* An RN may be asked to review an LPN’s documentation, provide training as well as provide oversight to branch LPN, Home Health Aides and CNAs.
* Functional Abilities:
* Communicates effectively, both orally and in writing, to client, family and/or caregiver, supervisor and other health team members.
* Able to transfer, lift, move, and turn client to or from a bed, wheelchair, hoyer lift, toilet, tub, and shower frequently.
* Able to read a thermometer and B/P readings, count pulse/respirator rates.
* Expected to respond to emergency situations involving the safety of clients.
* Must be able to stoop and bend; must be able to lift and transfer patients up to 50 lbs.
* Must be able to push pull 100 lbs.
* Must be able to travel to prospective patient’s residence or nursing facilities.
* Must have vehicle insurance if driving to and from work.
* ID: 2016
* Client Location: St Louis, MO 63147

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How To Become A Visiting Nurse

Registered nurses usually take one of three education paths: a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses also must be licensed.


In all nursing education programs, students take courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition, psychology, and other social and behavioral sciences, as well as in liberal arts. BSN programs typically take 4 years to complete; ADN and diploma programs usually take 2 to 3 years to complete. All programs include supervised clinical experience.

Bachelor’s degree programs usually include additional education in the physical and social sciences, communication, leadership, and critical thinking. These programs also offer more clinical experience in nonhospital settings. A bachelor’s degree or higher is often necessary for administrative positions, research, consulting, and teaching.

Generally, licensed graduates of any of the three types of education programs (bachelor’s, associate’s, or diploma) qualify for entry-level positions as a staff nurse. However, employers—particularly those in hospitals—may require a bachelor’s degree.

Many registered nurses with an ADN or diploma choose to go back to school to earn a bachelor’s degree through an RN-to-BSN program. There are also master’s degree programs in nursing, combined bachelor’s and master’s programs, and accelerated programs for those who wish to enter the nursing profession and already hold a bachelor’s degree in another field. Some employers offer tuition reimbursement.

Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) must earn a master’s degree in nursing and typically already have 1 or more years of work experience as an RN or in a related field. CNSs who conduct research typically need a doctoral degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

In all states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories, registered nurses must have a nursing license. To become licensed, nurses must graduate from an approved nursing program and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

Other requirements for licensing vary by state. Each state’s board of nursing can give details. For more information on the NCLEX-RN and a list of state boards of nursing, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Nurses may become certified through professional associations in specific areas, such as ambulatory care, gerontology, and pediatrics, among others. Although certification is usually voluntary, it demonstrates adherence to a higher standard, and some employers require it.

CNSs must satisfy additional state licensing requirements, such as earning specialty certifications. Contact state boards of nursing for specific requirements.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. Registered nurses must be able to assess changes in the health status of patients, including determining when to take corrective action and when to make referrals.

Communication skills. Registered nurses must be able to communicate effectively with patients in order to understand their concerns and assess their health conditions. Nurses need to explain instructions, such as how to take medication, clearly. They must be able to work in teams with other health professionals and communicate the patients’ needs.

Compassion. Registered nurses should be caring and empathetic when caring for patients.

Detail oriented. Registered nurses must be responsible and detail oriented because they must make sure that patients get the correct treatments and medicines at the right time.

Emotional stability. Registered nurses need emotional resilience and the ability to manage their emotions to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.

Organizational skills. Nurses often work with multiple patients with various health needs. Organizational skills are critical to ensure that each patient is given appropriate care.

Physical stamina. Nurses should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as moving patients. They may be on their feet for most of their shift.


Most registered nurses begin as staff nurses in hospitals or community health settings. With experience, good performance, and continuous education, they can move to other settings or be promoted to positions with more responsibility.

In management, nurses can advance from assistant clinical nurse manager, charge nurse, or head nurse to more senior-level administrative roles, such as assistant director or director of nursing, vice president of nursing, or chief nursing officer. Increasingly, management-level nursing positions are requiring a graduate degree in nursing or health services administration. Administrative positions require leadership, communication skills, negotiation skills, and good judgment.

Some nurses move into the business side of healthcare. Their nursing expertise and experience on a healthcare team equip them to manage ambulatory, acute, home-based, and chronic care businesses. Employers—including hospitals, insurance companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and managed care organizations, among others—need registered nurses for jobs in health planning and development, marketing, consulting, policy development, and quality assurance.

Some RNs choose to become nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, or nurse practitioners, which, along with clinical nurse specialists, are types of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). APRNs may provide primary and specialty care, and in many states they may prescribe medications.

Other nurses work as postsecondary teachers in colleges and universities.

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Visiting Nurse Career Paths

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Registered Nurse Supervisor Nurse Manager
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Nurse Case Manager
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director Case Manager
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Clinical Manager Nursing Director
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Social Worker
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Nurse Case Manager Career Manager
Health Care Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Home Health Nurse Occupational Health Nurse
Health Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Nurse Case Manager Career Manager
Managed Care Director
8 Yearsyrs
School Nurse Nurse Practitioner Assistant Professor
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Supervisor Unit Manager Nurse
Nurse Case Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Registered Nurse Case Manager
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
School Nurse Staff Nurse
Patient Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Nurse Case Manager Registered Nurse Case Manager Patient Care Manager
Patient Relations Director
10 Yearsyrs
Nurse Practitioner Nurse Manager
Patient Services Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Nursing Director Branch Manager Business Manager
Practice Administrator
10 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Case Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Registered Nurse Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Nurse Staff Nurse
Registered Nurse Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Nursing Director Senior Technician Specialist Licensed Practical Nurse
Resident Services Director
6 Yearsyrs
Nurse Practitioner Registered Nurse Supervisor Nursing Director
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Visiting Nurse Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Russian

  • Chinese

  • Cantonese

  • Mandarin

  • Hindi

  • Portuguese

  • Italian

  • German

  • Swedish

  • Greek

  • Hebrew

  • Vietnamese

  • Marathi

  • Gujarati

  • Korean

  • Bulgarian

  • Ukrainian

  • Lithuanian

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Top Visiting Nurse Skills

  1. Hospice Patients
  2. Health Aides
  3. Health Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided care for acute, chronic and hospice patients within Town of Salem.
  • Communicated closely with Clinical Managers, nurses, therapists and home health aides as needed.
  • Identify priority needs for referral to any other health care discipline such as SW, RD/RC, NP.
  • Initiate prior authorization and complete insurance verification for distribution to billing and clinical departments.
  • Provided education about various medical conditions and general health educating the public on warning signs and symptoms of disease.

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