Top 3 Things I Wish New Home Health Nurses Understood


Being new to your career can be tough, and—no matter your field—sometimes asking questions from those with many years’ experience can be intimidating. That’s why we’ve tracked down a 25-year Home Health Care Executive Director for transparent answers to a question many new home health nurses are eager to understand.

The question:  What am I expected to know up front?  Her answers may surprise you.


1. Remember to breathe.

You’re not expected to know everything. It’s going to take a while for you to understand the many facets of home healthcare. Don’t be too hard on yourself. You will get it and learn to love it.

2. Embrace learning opportunities.

Carry humility and humor about being new. Don’t be afraid to admit you don’t know how to do something and need guidance. The home health educators, supervisors, and directors love to teach those new to home health. Use the Brookdale family as an opportunity to learn from a larger volume of home health professionals.

3. Listen but know your worth.

There’s a reason we were given two ears and one mouth. Listen to other nurses’ experiences, while still trusting that you have something very valuable to offer.


So new home health nurses, remember to breathe, take advantage of learning opportunities, and trust your value.

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