Here we have a brief home health care nurse’s job description.
Nurses assist doctors in the diagnosis and treatment of patients, performing tests, administering medications, and monitoring their physical and mental condition. Those who work in the sectors of occupational health or health centers may also be obliged to participate in educational programs, provide advisory services, perform screening for diseases, and be part of immunization programs.
The nurses training will depend on their area of performance, be it surgery, pediatric care, intensive care, emergencies, obstetrics, geriatrics, occupational health, rehabilitation, oncology, among others. In this regard, these professionals usually work for hospitals, clinics, and doctors’ offices, asylums, care and rehabilitation centers, community entities or private companies.
Below, the most common functions of a nurse:
Perform a preliminary examination to identify the needs, diseases, and general condition of patients:
- Monitor and record the temperature, blood pressure, respiratory rate, pulse, and general health of the patient.
- Conduct medical questionnaires, fill out checklists and write down symptoms and other relevant observations.
- Perform electrocardiograms.
- Perform sampling (urine, blood, etc.)
Aid doctors in the performance of evaluations, surgeries, and other procedures, in order to create a safe and cooperative environment.
Providing adequate and profitable care to patients, paying attention to their comfort and safety:
- Administer prescribed medication and treatments orally or intravenously.
- Place bandages.
- Operate and monitor medical equipment.
Maintain detailed and accurate records of patients:
- Monitor, evaluate, document, and report symptoms and any changes in the patient’s condition.
Promote preventive health measures and do the necessary follow-up to patients.
Perform quality control of equipment, supplies, and procedures:
- Ensure that all equipment is calibrated and clean.
- Assist in the organization and dismantling of equipment and supplies.
Always comply with safety standards, taking measures to prevent infection and contamination.
- Perform a preliminary examination of the patient, in order to identify their general condition.
- Aid doctors when performing exams, surgeries, and other medical procedures.
- Administer prescribed medication and treatments by oral or intravenous route.
- Keep accurate and detailed records of patients’ medical records, follow up and report any changes in their condition.
- Promote preventive health measures for patients and family members.
- Operate, monitor, and conserve medical equipment.