A Selection from
Community Health Experience (1 of 3)
by Jennifer Johnson
Nursing Student
Pennsylvania College of Technology

         Focusing on the home health nurse, I can truly say there is a distinguishable
and notable difference between her/his daily regimen and that of a nurse in a
hospital or long-term care facility. One of the most distinguishable differences
is the nurse-patient relationship that is formed. There seems to be a better or
closer relationship between the home health nurse and their patients. There are
several factors that strengthen or add to this relationship, one being that the
patient is in their own home thereby feeling more comfortable, and they have
much more input in their own care. Another factor is communication --
the home health nurse utilizes much more therapeutic communication, and not
only does she/he talk but they also listen very attentively.

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