“I like developing relationships with the patient and their family. They have peace of mind knowing we are watching out for their loved ones.
“That’s the reason I decided to become a home health nurse: the personal interaction. It isn’t long before the patient – and their family – sees you as a friend as well. You’re not only there to provide nursing care . . . to check their vitals and make sure they’re doing well . . . you’re there as a resource.
“There’s a lot of teaching that goes along with this job. We tell them what to look for, what they should be concerned about, when to call their doctor. They’ll ask us questions that they may not ask someone else.
“It’s so unlike what I experienced as a critical care nurse. I really enjoy working in home care.”
Joseph Maffucci, BSN, RN, is a long-term home health nurse with Wartburg Home Care Services in Westchester, NY. He also is a critical care nurse in White Plains.