10 Tips for Home Health Nursing Have a good sense of humor. • You have to learn to laugh at yourself.This is a good practice for most aspects of your life.But if you take yourself too seriously,no career will be enjoyable. Be open minded. • In the patient’s home ,you are no longer in a controlled environment like a hospital or doctor office .You still have to follow your agency’s policies,safety rules and perform procedures correctly,and still you have to follow what the patient says. Learn to modify. • You have to hang an IV.It’s after hours and the pharmacy forgot to send the IV pole.The hanger over the door may work,or the broom handle straped on the upright vacum suddenly creates a wheeled IV pole.But always make sure that your modications are safe and appropriate. Be flexible. • The day you planned will changed,gauranteed.There is an accident on the freeway,now you are late.The patient has a docotor’s appointment they forgot to tell you about and now they aren’t home.Someone called in sick so now you have 5 extra visits.If you are not flexible,home care may not be your bag. Be prepared. If something unexpected happend to the patient you should always be prepared especially if its really emergency.You should bring medicines and etc.