Is Home Health Nursing The Wave of the Future?
The shift in American demographics is carving change into
the healthcare field. With the over-65 population set to double in the next 40
years, home health nursing seems like the next thing to boom.
But the growth — of older populations and nursing opportunities — isn't something that's just a concern
for future healthcare professionals. People over age 65 already number around
46 million, making home health nursing a potential home for many care
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Enormous Growth Indicators
for Home Health Nursing
The Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn't provide
information specifically on home health nursing jobs but does note that, as of
2018, RNs made on average $71,730 per year — an increase of almost $1,730 from
the year before. If pay increases aren't enough to convince you that nursing
professionals continue to be valued, consider the fact that the BLS marks job growth forRNs at 15 percent through 2026 — a rate that's must faster than the
national average for all jobs.
But the indications for growth in nursing are joined by
enormous growth indicators for the home health market. According to the BLS,
the expected increasein jobs for home health and personal aids through 2026 is a whopping
41 percent. And because these aids work with the same population home health
nurses do, it's a safe assumption that RN jobs in the niche are also increasing
at a rate higher than they are for other sectors in the medical field.
Coordinating Care and Transitions
It's not just a question for traditional home health
nursing jobs, either. President of the American Academy of Ambulatory Care
Nursing, M. Elizabeth Greenberg, points to care coordination andtransition management as growing fields today and important niches
in the future. Nurses working with both home health and in-facility patients in
these fields might work in jobs such as care manager, patient care facilitator
or care coordinator. In the home health niche, titles might include geriatric
Among other things, these types of nursing jobs involve
working to coordinate various levels of care for patients who are choosing to
age in place at home or who are dealing with chronic conditions as they age.
Whether you're planning to work in patients' homes, provide specialty
coordination care for them or work as part of an extended healthcare team that
ensures patients can manage late-life conditions from their home, one thing
holds true: You'll need to master certain skillsfor working with geriatric patients.
Technologies and Home Health Nursing
John A. Capasso, the EVP of Continuing Care at Trinity
Health, notes that the medical industry is embracing and implementing disruptivecare technologies, and that is a trend that's likely to continue in
the future. Many of these technologies increase the ability for patients to
remain home, age in place or return home quicker after an illness or surgery.
But they don't remove the need for home health nursing — they actually increase
Some disruptive care technologies that are increasing the
reliance on home health nurses include:
Equipment that makes it possible for patients
and home caregivers to handle many daily care tasks safely; nurses are still
needed to handle more technical aspects of care, check in on older patients or
help families come up with care plans.
The internet and mobile communication, which
makes it easier for patients to stay in touch with health providers or ensure
vital signs and other information are regularly tracked; nurses are required to
manage those communications and data and ensure responses are medically
appropriate and timely when needed.
According to Capasso, nurses and other healthcare
professionals who work in conjunction with these types of technologies are
bridging the gap between reality and the intentions and desires of many people.
Now, more than ever, nurses are in a position to support what patients really
want, which is often to remain at home as much as possible.