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Whether you’re exploring home health care as a potential career or have years of experience and are looking for a new specialty, VNSNY offers a wide range of positions and opportunities that other clinical settings often don’t — or can’t.
As a home health care specialist in the field, your days won’t be spent in an office or on the floor of a hospital. You’ll care for your patients in their homes, where you’ll have the opportunity to build relationships and get a glimpse into their lives that most health care providers aren’t able to see. By observing their environment, you may even find that you’re able to treat patients more effectively.
In addition, you’ll be part of a team that provides high-quality care to each patient. You’ll work more independently than you might in a clinic, hospital, or medical office, but you’ll never be isolated from your colleagues.
And you’ll receive plenty of support. While you’re in the field seeing patients, you’ll have access to online resources, including patient records, extensive databases of disease and drug information, and access to the Web. Of course, clinical specialists, education staff, and managers are always just a phone call away.
The following are just some of the careers in home health care at VNSNY:
As a VNSNY Nurse, you’ll benefit from our focus on continuous professional development, from our comprehensive, three-week orientation to a rich in-service program and generous tuition reimbursement benefit.
All nurses attend a comprehensive orientation that combines classroom instruction, field-based learning, and e-learning modules. Additional instruction and support are provided throughout the first six months of employment by orientation nurse instructors, staff development specialists and managers, and experts from our Centers of Excellence. For newly licensed, recent nursing gradulates, we also offer a year-long transition-to-practice program that provides extensive training and resources tailored to the learning needs of the novice home health RN under the guidance of a dedicated manager.
Ongoing staff development is subsequently provided through such offerings as in-services, one-to-one consultations with clinical specialists, online learning modules, a special "Grand Rounds" lecture series by guest speakers from various sectors of health care and academia, and events that offer continuing education contact hours. The Visiting Nurse Service of New York Home Care is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the New York State Nurses Association, which is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Your "pen tablet" computer provides wireless access to health-related websites and VNSNY learning modules, so you can pursue education at your own pace, from anywhere at any time. And our generous tuition reimbursement policy provides financial support for undergraduate, graduate, and professional certification studies pursued outside of the organization.
VNSNY nurses are able to take advantage of extensive opportunities for professional growth and career advancement in such areas as service delivery management, advanced practice/clinical consultation, education and training, clinical systems, research, product development, and more. Our liberal transfer policy promotes movement among programs, regions, and positions, so you can achieve your personal development goals – whether they are to gain direct care experience in a new area (such as the Acute Care RN who moves to Palliative Care/Hospice) or to climb the career ladder.
As a Home Health Aide at VNSNY, you’ll provide in-home care and companionship, which may include personal care, meal preparation, and running errands, such as picking up prescriptions. You may also escort a client to an appointment.
You’ll be a part of a service delivery team, working with nurses, rehabilitation therapists, and other professional clinical staff to help ensure that patient needs are met. And because home health aides typically spend more time with patients than other members of the home health care team, you’ll be in a position to observe — and report — critical changes in a patient’s status.
Partners in Care, a VNSNY subsidiary, provides free training to prepare individuals for certification as a Home Health Aide and employment by our organization. This training includes thirty hours of classroom-based instruction beyond the 75 hours required by New York State, which enables trainees to receive instruction in such specialty areas as: care of the cognitively impaired, working with babies and children, and care of the client at the end of life. This training is provided at our Manhattan facility.
Our Home Health Aides receive two days of additional training each year to further develop their knowledge and skills.
For more information about job opportunities as a home health aide or to apply for a position, contact VNSNY's affiliate, Partners In Care, at 212-609-7750.
As a VNSNY Rehabilitation Therapist, you’ll work with your patients in their homes. You’ll see the challenges they face on a daily basis, and you’ll be able to tailor their therapy to meet the demands they encounter.
When you join VNSNY, you’ll receive intensive training before you begin to make home visits. Our occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech language pathologists attend orientation programs that encompass instruction in basic aspects of home health care, VNSNY policies and procedures, visit documentation, and regulatory requirements. You’ll also receive training on our clinical system and "pen tablet" computers (you’ll receive one during orientation). Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to learn on the job by participating in joint or co-visits with clinical managers and colleagues to help you apply what you’ve learned.
Your professional development at VNSNY will be continuous, with education and training that builds on your prior learnings and experience. Team meetings, in-services, consultations with staff development and clinical specialists, and your day-to-day case collaborations with colleagues are key ways in which we share new information and best practices. Your “pen tablet” computer provides wireless access to health-related websites and VNSNY learning modules, so you can pursue education at your own pace, from anywhere at any time. And our generous tuition reimbursement policy provides financial support for undergraduate, graduate, and professional certification studies pursued outside of the organization.
As a Registered Dietitian with VNSNY, you’ll work with a diverse patient population, educating people of all ages and all walks of life on proper nutrition and developing eating plans that fit with each person’s nutritional needs and preferences.
Whether you work in Early Intervention, Long-Term Home Health Care & HIV/AIDS Services, VNSNY CHOICE/Managed Long-Term Care, or Hospice, you'll participate in an orientation program that will help prepare you for your role as a home health care specialist at VNSNY. You will also have access to the many classroom-based and online training programs offered to all VNSNY employees.
As a VNSNY Social Worker, you’ll have a variety of programs and patient populations from which to choose at VNSNY, from community mental health services, long-term care, HIV/AIDS services, and acute/short-term adult care to hospice care and a variety of children and family-focused services. You may provide services in the home, work in a community-based setting (such as our adult day care center in Queens or our FRIENDS clinic in the South Bronx), or as a member of a Mobile Crisis Team. You may provide direct services, supervise, head a program, or collaborate with colleagues, community agencies, and funders to develop new initiatives.
Regardless of your role, you will receive the foundation of a strong orientation to VNSNY and ongoing professional development, whether in a classroom, online, or under the guidance of your manager.
The variety of programs in which social workers are employed means that you will enjoy opportunities for professional development and career advancement through transfers and promotions. And, although most of our positions require a Master’s degree in social work, we offer opportunities for individuals with Baccalaureate degrees to provide case management and social services—and to take advantage of our tuition reimbursement benefit while working toward becoming a licensed social worker.