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Home Healthcare Now, The Ventilator-Dependent Child: Best Practices for Educating Home Care Nurses

The first of two articles authored by PHS staff published in the March 2020 issue of Home Healthcare Now.

Authors include:

  • Bruce Estrem, BA, RRT-NPS
  • Jill Wall, BSN, CRNI
  • Lindsey Paitich, BSN, RN
  • Roy Maynard, MD, FAAP

Pediatric Home Service (PHS) in Roseville, Minnesota, has provided home care for children with medical complexity for over 30 years. This article describes the PHS program for educating and training home care nurses (HCNs). Since the inception of the company, advanced training for family and professional caregivers of ventilator-dependent children has been an important focus. The current program for HCN has three components and incorporates simulation and in-home training. Standardizing educational requirements and competencies for pediatric HCNs across nursing agencies has the potential to improve outcomes for children with medical complexity receiving home healthcare services.

Read the full article on the Home Healthcare Now website.