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Q&A Friday – What Experience is Required for a Home Health Nurse?

Dave Soltau - April 9, 2021 - 0 comments

Hi, DaveTheNurse here on Q&A Friday – Hope your week has been great! Our question today is

“How much experience is required to be a Home Health Nurse?”

Great question!

Here’s the deal – in my state of AZ, 1 year of clinical experience is required to work in home health. But is that enough from a clinical perspective? With my 13 years of experience in home health, we deal with a variety of different situations, like wound vacs, education, medication management, and more complex topics. 

If you’re working toward a career in home health, you might want to consider getting more experience in home health and nursing practices. I recommend 2-3 years of clinical work. If you’re going to do IV therapies, as well as IV/IGs, the minimum that’s often required is a minimum of 1000 IV sticks experience. 

More importantly, you need to ask yourself, “Can I do this service?” At the end of the day, you really need to have the support of the home health agency prior to going out to a home care situation.

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