How A Registered Nurse Can Help You - Guardian Angel Home Health Agency

How A Registered Nurse Can Help You

Why would I need a registered nurse?  It is a question often asked when we suggest that a registered nurse might help a patient’s health situation.  It can be confusing to know which professional health services your condition requires. If you are suffering from a health condition, recovering from an operation or need some help with your health, the last thing you want to do, or sometimes are capable of doing, is searching, finding and knowing precisely what expert health professional advice your situation requires.  

If you are in this situation,  you might consider contacting a thriving home health agency to ascertain whether a registered nurse could be the exact health professional you need, as she/he will be able to identify any other home health services you may benefit from.

What Is A Registered Nurse

A registered nurse provides a level of health care to enable you to attain, maintain, or recover optimal health and quality of life. There are many different areas of health a registered nurse can practice.  They are often permitted to practice independently in a variety of settings. Among many other things, a registered nurse can develop a health program, work collaboratively with physicians, therapists, you, your family and other team members, involved in your care.

Within the United States, there are multiple pathways to becoming a thoroughly trained and registered nurse.  In California, all registered nurses require education, examination and national certification.  To further reassure you are in trusted hands all registered nurses in most areas of the world, including California must complete many supervised clinical hours of continuing education every year to renew their state license.  Assuring you, they are ‘up to the minute’ with the latest home health care.

As far as registered nurses practice is concerned, they have a broad scope.  Ranging from primary care and comfort right the way through to dealing with patients needing, but not limited to the following:

  • Oxygen
  • Feeding Tubes
  • Wound Care
  • Suctioning
  • Respiratory Treatments
  • Medication Management
  • Inserting A Urinary Catheter
  • Suction A Tracheostomy
  • Change An Ostomy
  • Administer Oxygen
  • Administer IV Fluids

What Healthcare Can A Registered Nurse Provide Patients

Depending on the registered nurse’s training, education, experience, and speciality they can provide patients with a wide range of care including:

  1. Collaborating with physicians and other healthcare professionals
  2. Operating medical equipment (such as an IV pump, feeding machine, etc.)
  3. Monitoring patients condition and their medical equipment
  4. Administering medicine
  5. Recording medical histories, treatment, symptom and observations
  6. Preparing patients for exams or procedures
  7. Help with diagnostic testing and analysing results
  8. Educating patients and their families how to manage medical conditions and post-treatment care

Health Conditions A Registered Nurse Can Help With

Registered nurses are authorized to diagnose a limited number of health diseases and conditions.  They can, however, treat, diagnose and stabilize a symptom or a situation resulting from a diagnosed disease such as diabetes, allergy, asthma, sepsis, retained placenta, opiate overdose, mental health disorder, trauma, peripheral vascular disease, post-operative condition and arthritis.

Any of the following health conditions resulting from a diagnosed health condition a registered nurse can help you with:

  • Urinary Retention
  • Pain
  • Healable Venous Ulcer
  • Healable Diabetic Ulcer
  • Constipation
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hypoxia
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Angina
  • Postpartum Hemorrhage
  • Respiratory Depression

This list includes only a few of the many things a registered nurse can help you with, to find out other conditions please feel free to contact us.

Registered nurses from a home health agency can work 1:1 with you in the comfort of your own home.  Most home health nurses pride themselves in having the luxury of enough time to teach you the necessary skills you need to learn to do to enable you to take care of yourself to prepare you to be on your own.

You can rest assured that all medical procedures and health care programs get shared with the appropriate home health professional within your agency.  That’s one of the many advantages of joining a home health agency, they do all the essential organizing for you, leaving you to rest and recover at home.