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    The American Diabetes Association has some good reproducible handouts in both English and Spanish on their website. Look for the Diabetes and CVD Toolkit at http://www.diabetes.org/for-health-p.../resources.jsp

    The American Heart Association also has patient information sheets available at http://www.americanheart.org/present...tifier=3004203

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    I was in home health for many yrs, then was working from a desk for over 11 yrs (utilization review/telephonic case mgmt). When I returned to home health a few years ago, I discussed with the DON at the small agency I hired on with that I would need checked off on some procedures that I hadn't done for years. We had a nurse meet me in the home to watch me the "first" time. It was fine. It is like riding a bicycle and it does come back to you quickly. I agree that it depends on what type of home health and the size agency you are with as to what type of skills you will be using. I worked for a large city health department and another large agency many yrs ago and recall doing a fair amount of IV ATB and lots of wound care then. Now, as a visiting nurse for a small agency, I've been doing blood draws, foleys, wound care, injections (mostly s/c), med teaching, and new diabetic teaching. I also have some long-term clients that I do wkly assessments on and fill their med planners for the week. Getting your paperwork done as quickly as possible is crucial. I try to do as much as I can before I leave the home. You really have to stay on top of the paperwork. I do enjoy home visiting. I enjoy the one-on-one and being able to watch them make progress. I wish you the best and hope you enjoy it too!

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    I have been lurking for several months now, and decided it was time to learn how to post and introduce myself. I'm a home health RN. I really enjoy this site. I've learned a lot just by reading all the info shared in the posts. Thanks to all those who have already been sharing their knowledge and experiences.



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