Tell us about being a Home Care Nurse.
I have been a Home Care Nurse for the last two years. I provide support to patients and families post discharge with home visits and telephone calls. I work hand in hand with a team of doctors, nurses and other allied health professionals to plan the best care for our patients while ensuring they recover in the comfort of their home.
I visit my patients at home and plan their care. I know I have made a difference when I see or hear them get better each day. I find it meaningful and rewarding.
The most challenging part of my work - caring for patients with more complex health issues. Some patients may be discharged once their condition is stable but their families may not be prepared to care for them at home. Thus, one of my responsibilities is to hand-hold the caregivers so that they are more confident and competent in caring for their loved ones.
How is it different from working in a hospital ward?
I travel around Singapore to visit my patients and care for them in their homes. I teach my patients self-care management so they can take ownership of their own health, and hopefully, cut down on unnecessary hospital admissions.
I encourage my patients to focus on getting well by reminding them that when they recover, they will become more independent.
What trait do you think is most important in your area of work?
Reliability. To be someone whom my patients can trust and can share their life story and difficulties with. I may not be able to address all their concerns, but I will listen and support them as much as I can. We are always there for our patients, looking out for their well-being.