As many of you know, I have been in home health and hospice for over 35 years. I worked many years in the field seeing patients and writing plans of care. I've worked in middle management and mentored hundreds of nurses, therapists and social workers especially in documentation skills. Today I work in hospice as the QAPI nurse where I review documentation and the quality of care being provided by our fabulous staff.
Home health and hospice are growing fields for nurses and other healthcare professionals. Patients leave the acute setting much sicker than they ever have and skilled professionals are in demand to handle the growth.
But home health and hospice have LOTS of paperwork whether it be EHR or actually on paper. None the less it has always been a burden to the industry and not likely to change.
In home health there is also a major document known as the OASIS that paints a picture of the patient at various points during the episode(s) of care. In addition to all of the other necessary documentation, the OASIS is absolutely one of the most import documents.
I run a home health site called HomeHealth101.com and readers have been begging me for awhile to tell them how they can learn about the OASIS as they can't get a job in home health care unless they can show that they know something about it.
There are plenty of books about OASIS available, but you still need to have some understanding of what it is and why it's important.
So this week I have recorded 4 episodes to my new podcast channel specifically about the OASIS for those who have no idea about what it is. Don't judge me on the quality of the recordings please, I'm just beginning to dabble into this technology. I will improve. I just thought it important to get the content out there ASAP. You can find the links on HomeHealth101.com.
Later this year, I will complete my eBook on OASIS for the beginner giving more examples and specific information. It will be available to purchase on HomeHealth101.com and I'll most likely post here about it as well.
If you're considering a transition to home health care you might want to check out my book, Exploring the Home Health Care Experience; Transition Your Career Path