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Nurses Moving Toward Home Health Care

Freda Kelley, Accolade Director of Agency Development Freda Kelley, Accolade Director of Agency Development

By Megan Moore
NewsChannel 10

AMARILLO, TEXAS - Local nurses are leaving the emergency room for the living room.

Nurses say they like to see their patients throughout their illnesses, rather than for minutes at a time every few days.

Amy Upton has been working in home care for about three months now.

Now a nurse for Accolade Homecare, she says "home health nursing is what you thought nursing would be in nursing school."

That is because she goes to her patients home and gets to spend a lot of one on one time with them.  She switched after years of working in a hospital because "when you have five, 10, 15 patients in the hospitals who need you all the time, you don't get to have that quality care. That's what you give up when you get quantity."

That is the reason many nurses are switching.  That, and a more flexible schedule.

Accolade Director of Agency Development Freda Kelley says, "the majority of the job is eight to five Monday through Rriday but there is some flexibility in that you have the management of your day, who you're going to see at what time, what time they prefer."

According to the texas board of nursing, there were 142 licensed registered nurses practicing home care in 2008 in Potter and Randall counties.  In 2009, there were 152.

Amy says working in a hospital is admirable, but working in a home is more her style.

Most home care places do not hire nurses straight out of school.  Kelley says they should have at least some years under supervision like in a clinic before they are trusted to visit patients alone all day.

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