About: Joan Vaughn
I’m Joan, and I know home care from the inside out. I’ve navigated my daughter through 24/7 home care nursing and managed her PCA’s. I’ve helped my parents move into (and out of) assisted living, Medicare episodes, skilled nurse visits, home health aids, and PCAs. Sandwiched in all of that, I’ve helped coordinate home care equipment and supplies, physical therapists, occupational therapists, county workers, and medications (oh, the medications). I know emergency departments, children’s hospitals, cancer wards, cardiac floors, and specialty units. I can recite health insurance policies (and call their bluff). I know a lot of other things in life too, like Shakespeare, where to sit to see a great sunset over a lake, how to keep myself healthy, how to read a profit/loss statement and state statutes, when to use a comma, and that gratitude is one of the keys to success. So I’m going to have this blog and write about home care from time to time. I’ll include topics like current legislation, professional boundaries in a tricky environment, and being a caregiver. I’ll also post some guest blogs from clients and nurses. Join me in the conversation.
Recent Posts by Joan Vaughn
Our nurses often have to monitor our patients' breathing and lung sounds, to ensure that they are clear and healthy. This helpful guide from EMTPrep plays a variety of lung sounds and displays their common names. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRtAqeEGq2Q[/embed] Another helpful guide to lung sounds from Healthline explains the causes of these different types of lung...Read more
This week, we want to honor National Nurses Week, May 6-12! National Nurses Day was established in 1982, first by the American Nursing Association and then by President Reagan. The day was expanded into a week in 1991. In 1996, May 6 was declared National RN Recognition Day and May 8 became National Student Nurses Day...Read more
Communities of Care holds a comprehensive home care nursing license, and we employ only RNs and LPNs. Other agencies also staff unlicensed personnel such as CNAs and PCAs, but we have found our niche in...Read more
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