National Nurses Week took place the week of May 6th through the 12th. Many of the home care providers working in the United States are visiting nurses, providing a wide range of services to elderly and disabled clients. In some cases, they will monitor vital stats, change wound dressings, administer medications, and perform other services.
During this week, some organizations, like BAYADA Downingtown, honored those nurses through a variety of events held throughout the week. Many of these home health care nurses are a critical component in allowing people to recover or remain home as opposed to staying in a hospital or moving into institutionalized care.
By recognizing the workers who provide this opportunity to millions of people across the country, it not only helps to improve morale, it also raises awareness of just what these individuals do on a daily basis to help disabled adults and senior citizens who may struggle with their health, mobility, or the ability to perform basic tasks on their own.
It was noted in the Daily Local News blog, BAYADA Home Health Care celebrates nurses in Downington during Nurses Week, written by Ginger Rae Dunbar:
“Barb Jackson, nurse with Bayada, appreciates the support she receives from the clinical managers, including Lisa Henry, who she sat next to during the dinner. The nurses use a tablet to submit their paperwork to the company without having to stop into the office at 150 East Pennsylvania Avenue in Downingtown Borough. Henry explained that the nurses can call in with clinical updates which is important for the files to be updated, and during that time, the staff members get a chance to talk over the phone.
“We rely on that information and I think the nurses rely on us,” Henry said. “We talk throughout the day, just like when you’re in the office and need to talk to a co-worker about your day, they need the same thing. We’re available 24-7 so we can cover every shift and be connected with the staff.””
These events also provide an opportunity for the general public as well as other nurses to gain information, insight, and perhaps new tools or strategies to make their jobs more effective and efficient. Home health care organizations not only have a great responsibility to the clients in their care, they also have numerous opportunities to show gratitude and respect to the aides and visiting nurses they rely on.
These events can also bridge the gap between the services they offer and the general public that may be woefully uninformed about the true benefit home care support services provide.