Clinicians new to home care as well as seasoned veterans have much to learn from "Home Care Nursing: Surviving in an Ever-Changing Care Environment," published by the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Indianapolis ($49.95). Tina Marrelli, MSN, MA, RN, FAAN, has pulled all of her years of home care experience together to help clinicians, administrators, and owners alike become successful businesses that provide top quality care.
In nine comprehensive chapters and four detailed appendixes, reviewed by a who's who of 10 equally experienced home care veterans, university professors, consultants and state association executives, "Home Care Nursing" skillfully walks the line between text book and professional guide. It will find a home in the classroom as well as on the desks of agency owners, administrators and Directors of Nursing.
A founding member of the International Home Care Nurses Organization and former editor of Home Healthcare Nurse, Ms. Marrelli is uniquely qualified to develop such a guide. She practiced as a visiting nurse or agency manager for more than 20 years. She also spent four years at CMS, building policies and operations for Medicare Part A home care and hospice and serving as the Interim Branch Chief for Medicare Part B. For the last 20 years, she has served as President of Marrelli and Associates, Inc., the healthcare publishing and consulting firm she founded. Her undergraduate degree in nursing is from Duke University and she hold master's degrees in health administration and nursing.
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This book "should be required reading for all current or prospective home care providers.
"Tina's work is especially timely as home care navigates the transition to new care delivery and payment models requiring expanded care teams, new business models, and performance improvement."
—Tracey Moorhead, President and CEO, Visiting Nurse Associations of America
Every chapter useful to someone
Format as well as expertise makes this manual as accessible as it is comprehensive. It is designed to make it easy to dip into chapters as needed rather than read the book in order. Every chapter cites references and offers suggestions for further study. Skilled nursing home health and private duty home care organizations will find something of value in categories like these:
Something for Everyone
Within these broad categories, readers will find advice when they are deciding whether to make the leap to a career in Healthcare at Home. Experienced home healthcare nurses will read about everything from catheter care techniques to Diabetes, CHF and COPD tips, to documentation standards.
Home Health administrators will benefit from an accessible summary of the Medicare policy manual. Private Duty owners and staffers will want to study the chapter on working within a team.
There are section on Alzheimers, spirituality, pediatrics and nutrition. Appendix A features a complete list of national and state associations, with contact information. The discussion of telehealth is especially useful.
Summary: It is an owner's manual
This is a textbook that will certainly be adopted by nursing schools. But it is just as much an owner's manual for everyone in Healthcare at Home who owns an agency, owns a department or owns his or her professional reputation. Tina Marrelli and her 10 expert reviewers have produced a reference that will help newcomers to this healthcare field get started. Many agency owners and trainers give a copy to every new hire during orientation.
The resource will also provide constant reminders to home health veterans, including nurses, therapists and agency owners and managers why this field got under their skin as well as how important they are to the U.S. healthcare system.
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