If you are just starting to look into the care that your child needs, you probably have a lot of questions. You may be wondering if pediatric home health care is right for your child. You could also be thinking about the financial implications of hiring outside care. You might even be a bit hesitant to let a stranger into your home to care for your child. We can’t answer all of the questions weighing on your mind in one blog. However, if you contact the Evergreen Home Healthcare office, we have representatives who can give you answers to your questions and address the concerns you have. We want to help you provide your child the care they need and to offer you peace of mind. Visit our website to learn more about the services we offer in Denver.

What is a Home Healthcare Professional?

One of the many nerve-wracking parts about being a parent is entrusting your child to another person, especially someone that you don’t know. However, when you work with our pediatric home health care professionals in Denver you have nothing to fear. Those that provide care for your child are all licensed professionals. Those that could be working with your child include registered nurses and licensed therapists. Today on our blog, we are going to discuss the training requirements that all of our nurses must meet to care for your child.

Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree

For a person to become a nurse, they must first earn an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in nursing. Nursing school is rigorous and requires a great deal of dedication to studying and time spent getting hands-on experience in clinicals. Many state and private schools have nursing programs that work with local hospitals and care facilities.   

Pass the NCLEX

Once a nurse has received their degree, they must meet other requirements to work with patients. They must pass the national licensing exam also called NCLEX. There are two types of NCLEX examinations offered: NCLEX-PN for practical nurses and NCLEX-RN for registered nurses. The test focuses on four areas of the nurse’s practice: hygiene and control infections, health promotion and maintenance, preventative healthcare, and psychosocial integrity. A nurse must pass the NCLEX to advance in their career. On their way to becoming a registered nurse or RN, some nurses become licensed vocational nurses (LVN) or licensed practical nurses (LPN).

Pediatric Certification

Once a nurse becomes an RN, they will have to invest time in pediatric clinicals. If a nurse has dedicated 1800 hours to clinicals within 2 years they can take the pediatric certification exam and become a certified pediatric nurse (CPN). Not all nurses who work with in home healthcare patients will have this certification, but if the nurse that cares for your child has this certification, you can rest assured that they have a lot of experience working with children and adolescent patients.

Ongoing Training

Some states require their nurses to invest time in continuing education. Depending on the state, nurses will have a specific course that they must complete every few years to keep their certification as a registered nurse and continue to provide care to patients.  

What Do They Provide?

A pediatric in-home care nurse can provide up to 24 hours of care depending on the needs of their patients. They work with children from zero to 20 years old who have short or long-term care needs. Patients of in-home nurses will have fragile health due to compromised cardiac, respiratory or neurological systems. Patients may also have:

  • Limited mobility
  • Seizures
  • Autism
  • And other conditions

They will also aid children who use:

  • Ventilators
  • feeding tubes
  • Tracheostomy
  • Ventilator
  • Oxygen
  • pulse ox monitor
  • IV/PICC line/port.

What Can You Expect?

A pediatric in-home health nurse will not only provide the medical care that your child needs, but will also be able to answer your questions about your child’s health as well as the insurance process. When a nurse first begins your child’s care, they will get your child’s full medical history, and can meet with your family to answer your questions and set up a care schedule. They will also create a plan of care also known as a POC which they will submit to your child’s doctor for approval. They will also provide your child’s POC to your insurance company. If you have questions about how your insurance works with your child’s needed care, many nurses can answer them or offer more information.

Ready to Invest in Pediatric Home Health Care?

Are you ready to learn more about how pediatric home health care can serve your family? Evergreen Home Healthcare provides care for children with complex health issues and their families in the Denver area and beyond. We have been serving the area for over 10 years and can accommodate a variety of needs. Visit our website to learn more about our services and contact us if you have any questions. We understand that the prospect of in-home care can be intimidating and we want to give you peace of mind every step of the way. Visit our website today!