New Pediatric LPN Homecare advice


I was recently hired to an agency, and this will be my first pediatric home care case. Majority of my background has been residential or outpatient settings (all pediatrics). I am very excited to be able to use more of my nursing skills, but a little nervous because I don't know what to expect. Any suggestions on skill set, home care etiquette, etc. Any suggestions/advice would be greatly appreciated :)

Queen Tiye, RN

232 Posts

Hello, I just always remembered to behave as a guest.  I learned that it’s about what the family wants even if I disagree or even if it isn’t clinically sound, and to just document what they said and the education I provided.  I was always on time and tried not to give unsolicited advice.  I did not get involved in family matters and I just listed therapeutic listening when they vented about personal matters.  I also refused to give anything that wasn’t in the chart but would reassure parents that I could put it in so I’d be in compliance.  Oh, and do you assessment at beginning of shift no matter how comfortable you get.  Good luck.

Kitiger, RN

1,820 Posts

Specializes in Private Duty Pediatrics. Has 44 years experience.

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Specializes in Home health, Addictions, Detox, Psych and clinics.. Has 11 years experience.

Depends on the case, but expect to deal with feeding tubes, ventilators, tracheostomies, suctioning, performing ADLs, CPT, seizure disorders, ROM exercises, assessments etc.