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What is home care RN’s responsibility when patient is in a nursing home?

Dear Donna,

I work for a home care agency. Some of my patients reside in an assisted living facility, but because the family is paying for a private duty aide, I have to visit the patient. In a medical emergency for either my patient or another patient in the building, would my role just be calling for help or actually being involved in the code situation?

Home Care Nurse

Dear Home Care Nurse,

This is very important information for you to know and you will need to address this immediately with your home care agency supervisor. Your agency should have a written policy on this, taking into account the policies of the assisted living facility and your state laws. If for any reason your supervisor cannot answer your question or isn’t sure, insist on having a definitive policy in writing on this issue as soon as possible. Perhaps the situation has not come up before and a policy needs to be developed. At least get e-mail instructions from your supervisor on what to do in the event of an emergency until the written policy is available so you have a written record.

Best wishes,


By | 2015-10-07T13:38:57-04:00 March 23rd, 2015|Categories: Blogs, Nursing careers and jobs|0 Comments

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Donna Cardillo
Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, CSP, is president of Known as The Inspiration Nurse, she is a keynote speaker, retreat and seminar leader, and author of "Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional" and "The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career." She brings more than 25 years of clinical, management and business experience to her role as career guru.

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