New Employee Orientation

Home health and hospice New Employee Orientation is a 5 day intensive designed for nurses new to home care, providing them with the knowledge and the tools needed to enter this exciting, challenging and autonomous field of nursing, as a full time job or a flexible side job for the opportunity to make extra income.

The course can also incorporate agency documentation software training with the New Employee Orientation, including; Kinnser, HospiceMD, Consolo, Devero, Data Soft Logic.

At the completion of the course, the orientee will be equipped with the knowledge and the tools necessary to independently function as a safe and effective home care nurse.

New Employee Orientation Course Content

  1. The first day of the New Employee Orientation program consists of classroom education regarding the essentials of home health and hospice.
  2. The second day of the New Employee Orientation program will concentrate on home health or hospice documentation requirements for compliance to government and regulatory accreditation bodies.
  3. The third day of the New Employee Orientation program will include instruction in conducting the comprehensive assessment for admission to home health or hospice.
  4. The fourth day of the New Employee Orientation program will include a home visit simulation.
  5. The orientee will accompany an experienced home health nurse to an actual home visit for a real life experience of patient care and documentation.

Read Detailed Course Contents

The course is a mixture of lecture, simulation and hands on experience including, but not limited to:

  • Introduction to admission criteria for home health or hospice
  • New patient admission process to home care or hospice
  • Documentation of the initial comprehensive assessment, including frequency setting and care coordination.
  • Nursing assessment and symptom management
  • Home safety evaluation and patient education
  • Care planning and orders management
  • Discharge process and documentation requirements
  • Discharge process and documentation requirements

Course Fee: $8,999.00


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  • Day 1
    1. The first day of the New Employee Orientation program consists of classroom education regarding the essentials of home health and hospice including, but not limited to:
      • Understanding the philosophy of home health and hospice, including eligibility criteria, homebound status and the requirement of skilled service.
      • Identifying the principles of admission to home health or hospice, including required paperwork, the informed consent and the Medicare Secondary Payer
      • Understanding the principles of the initial comprehensive assessment for admission to home health or hospice.
      • Understanding the basic principles of skilled nursing services, including:
        • Skilled observation and assessment
        • Management and evaluation of the patient’s plan of care
        • Patient education and training
        • Administration of medication and Medication Reconciliation Process
        • Care of the Diabetic patient
        • Principles of wound care
        • Principles of IV therapy
      • Understanding the basic principles of home health aide services, including:
        • Types of home health aide services
        • Development of the Home health aide care plan
        • Home health aide supervision.
      • Understanding the basic principles of the discharge process and the required documentation.
  • Day 2
    1. The second day of the New Employee Orientation program will concentrate on home health or hospice documentation requirements for compliance to government and regulatory accreditation bodies. The content will include, but not be limited to:
      • Understanding the basic principles of home health or hospice documentation, including:
        • The initial comprehensive assessment
        • The plan of care
        • Physical verbal orders
        • The face to face requirement.
        • Home care certification
        • Initial and subsequent frequency setting
        • Nursing and therapy progress notes
  • Day 3
    1. The third day of the New Employee Orientation program will include instruction in conducting the comprehensive assessment for admission to home health or hospice. Covered material will include, but not limited to:
      • Comprehensive Assessment
        • System assessment
        • Assessment tools
        • Home oxygen safety
        • Home safety assessment
        • Fall assessment
        • Pain assessment
        • Symptom management
        • Patient education
        • Oxygen safety
  • Day 4
    1. The fourth day of the New Employee Orientation program will include a home visit simulation including demonstration and instructions of:
      • Nursing Bag technique
      • Home safety
      • Patient education
      • Medication reconciliation
      • Medications to Reconcile including:
        • Antibiotics
        • Multiple pain meds
        • Creams
        • Oxygen
  • Day 5
    1. The orientee will accompany an experienced home health nurse to an actual home visit for a real life experience of patient care and documentation.

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