How to Get Into Home Care Nursing: A Step-by-Step Guide

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Jul 30, 2018

Jul 30, 2018 • by Rebecca Smith

Nursing is one of the most rewarding careers a person can have. But, it doesn't always have to mean working long hours in a busy hospital. If you like the thought of helping others with their health in a not-so-stressful environment, look into home care nursing.

This allows you to combine medical skills and a passion for health with work/life balance. Plus, you'll likely create stronger, lasting connections with your home care patients as opposed to doing rounds treating various people in a hospital!

Already dreaming about this new direction in your nursing career?

Keep reading to discover how to become a home nurse.

1. Go to Nursing School

If you haven't done so already, go to nursing school.

You can't get very far without this education, but the good news is nursing school is not like medical school. You don't have to complete a bachelor's degree and then get the education necessary to become a nurse. Instead, you can graduate with a degree in nursing!

Keep in mind that graduating doesn't make you an official nurse, though. Once you pass your classes and walk across the stage, you have to pass a certification exam to become a registered nurse.

2. Get Additional Training

It's good to get additional training after you become a registered nurse. This helps you really hone your skills and it will set you apart from the competition when applying for home health administrator positions.

You can pursue a master's degree in nursing, advanced practice nursing courses, or caretaker certifications for specific needs and conditions. The training you take on - if any - will depend on the kind of care you'd like to provide as a home nurse.

3. Gain Hands-on Experience

If you're not going to pursue official training and accreditations, at least get some experience under your belt before applying to become a home nurse. This allows you to learn from the people around you and improve the skills acquired at school.

It prepares you for life as a home nurse by showing you what a day in the life of a nurse is really like. After working on a nursing staff for a little while, you'll be better prepared to self-delegate tasks and determine a plan of action when caring for a patient in their home. If you end up with a patient who has not yet come to terms with their need for an in-home nurse, use these tips to help them cope and get used to your support.

4. Look for Job Openings and Apply

The final step toward becoming a home care nurse is to apply! This is the most exciting part of the process. It's the final step you take before finally reaching your goal, a turning point in your life as a nurse.

Take your time finding the right position, though. Not all home care nurses have the same responsibilities and opportunities. Apply for more than one position and weigh the pros and cons of all the offers you get before committing to one place

How to Land Your First Home Care Nursing Position

Maybe the thought of nursing school and learning medical skills is what excites you, and the job search process is what kind of freaks you out. Don't worry. There are all kinds of hiring resources available to help you best present yourself to employers.

For tips and tricks on how to land the home care nursing job of your dreams, click here.