The Regional Home Health Education Program (RHHEP) is a joint project between Regional Clinical Education and Home Health to support the education of nurses who are new to the Home Health Program. Upon graduation from the RHHEP, you will enter into the role of community health nurse.
Community health nurses provide a range of services and supports to clients living in the community with acute, chronic, palliative, or rehabilitation-care needs. This care is provided in a team-based care model as a part of an interdisciplinary team, which includes rehab, case management, dietetics and nursing. Home health clients typically have ongoing health issues and/or complex personal and/or social issues, requiring care planning and coordination with appropriate resources. Clients include frail elderly, persons with disabilities and adults with a range of care needs in areas such as chronic disease management, wound management, IV management and palliative care.
As a community health nurse you will:
- Work in partnership with a client and family to establish safe, realistic and reasonable goals and provide nursing care and other services for the client in an interdisciplinary team model.
- Deliver direct care and engage in care management to assist clients to manage their own care and navigate through the various services available within the community setting.
RHHEP supports the education of nurses who are new to home health. The program has been offered since August 2017 and since inception, has seen over 150 graduates start working in their new area of practice across the Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) Community.
In addition to 100% subsidized education, we will cover books and wages while in training. The training program consists of eight weeks of classroom and online training mixed with hands-on, preceptored patient care to consolidate learning. Using a preceptorship model, learners are partnered with an experienced home-health nurse who models best practices in caring for clients in the community.
"RHHEP was started as a response to provide support and training to nurses who had not experienced any type of community health consolidation in their education," says Heather Wright, Manager of Home Health. "By providing an intensive and practical experience, the program helps to build confidence and skills in a novice nurse by providing joint visits with preceptors and clinical leadership."
The program has attracted many VCH internal staff who are looking for a new challenge or change of routine.
"If you are passionate about elder care including end of life and chronic disease management combined with a mixed generalist practice that truly partners in care with clients, families and caregivers Community Home Care nursing is truly a wonderful experience," Heather says.
Gerardo Chandia, Community Health Nurse and recent graduate of the RHHEP says, "What I really enjoyed about the Regional Home Health Education Program was that it was an easy going, well-designed program that was fun, interactive, thoughtful and applicable to the role I find myself in. The instructors did a fantastic job in sharing their experience and insights, along with great testimonials, of community health and gave the sense of feeling prepared to take up the new role."
Alexandra Hogg, Clinical Educator for the Home Health Program and RHHEP Facilitator, feels that the program helps to support nurses with all kinds of experience in a new practice area.
"The most common feedback that we get about the RHHEP program is that it helps new health clinicians feel supported and confident in an area which is often completely different from any professional experience that our nurses have had before. I'm proud that we are able to offer this experience and ongoing support for nurses who would like to explore a change in their career."
On the home health program and community health nursing, Alexandra says, "I like to say that home health nursing is an extremely creative and autonomous area of practice. Our clinicians truly become a jack-of-all-trades, and that keeps the job challenging, interesting and fun. I also love the relationships that we are able to build with our clients, their families and caregivers by providing longitudinal care over time."
The next RHHEP cohort starts training on August 10, 2020, so don't delay! Find out more about how to apply by visiting https://bit.ly/2NWBfEi