FROM THE EDITOR
It is with great pleasure that I greet you as the new editor of Home Healthcare Nurse. As a home care nurse for over 15 years, I always looked forward to the latest issue arriving in my mailbox. Unlike most specialty areas, home healthcare is very broad in scope. During a single day you might see patients with a range of health conditions, from neuromuscular to orthopedic, cardiac, metabolic and more. There is also end-of-life, palliative and hospice care, pediatrics, telehealth and private pay home care. Having a professional journal that keeps you updated on clinical and regulatory matters is essential, particularly with the rapid and ongoing changes in treatments and regulation that we see today.
I want you to know this is your journal. The content must meet your needs. What is it that you want to see in HHN? We know from the completed CE exams that clinical articles and particularly articles about pharmacologic treatment are a top priority for you. We will certainly continue with a strong emphasis on publishing articles on clinical and pharmacologic innovations. Are there specific disease processes or treatments that you are particularly interested in learning more about? If so email me and let me know your interests and learning needs. I will find an expert in that area to bring you a comprehensive article on the topic.
Not only is home healthcare very broad in scope, so are the clinicians who make it happen. There are registered and practical nurses, home health aids, physical, occupational and speech therapists, social workers, registered dieticians, and many others. Hospitals are making an effort to get people to work in teams. Home healthcare providers have had the importance of that concept figured out for years.
The areas in which we work are similarly diverse. From the deserts of Arizona, to high-rise apartments in Manhattan, from American Indian reservations in the west to small coastal islands in the Atlantic Ocean, and everywhere in between. The people we serve are also diverse, with specific cultural needs and influences on health. From Dearborn Michigan, home to the largest Arabic population outside of the Middle East, to California and Minnesota where thousands of Hmong immigrated following the end of the Vietnam War - the health beliefs and needs vary greatly.
A new column in HHN titled “A Day in the Life of…” will highlight the tremendous diversity in home care, across the country and around the world. Do you care for a particular population of people? Do you work in a little known role in home care? Is there something unique about the community in which you live and work? Send a submission for “A Day in the Life of…” and tell us all about it.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Maureen Anthony, PhD, RN