Welcome to another episode of Mastering Nursing! This week, we’re talking about what it’s like to launch a home health agency as a nurse entrepreneur and business owner. Joining Nurse Keith to share her experience is Elais Ponton.
Elais Ponton holds a BA in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of British Columbia and a BS in Nursing from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, where she specialized in home health care and wound care. She has worked as a Registered Nurse in high acuity hospital settings, hospice, as well with home care populations focusing on mental and public health. As Chief Nursing Officer, Elais is co-owner and co-founder of Nurses With Heart Home Care, providing medical and non-medical care to individuals living in their homes in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
What You’ll Discover in This Episode:
- Some of the pitfalls and joys of opening your own home health agency.
- Strategies for self-care and living a balanced life as a business owner and nurse.
- That opening a business with family members has its challenges but that can all be overcome with conscientious attention.
- That a private self-pay model of home health can work in certain communities and going through the entire Medicare certification process may not be necessary. .
- Plus so much more!
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Nurses With Heart Home Care At a Glance
“Nurses With Heart Home Care provides medical and home assistance services to all individuals, covering infant care to end-of-life management for Santa Fe County.
Nurses With Heart delivers “Healing Hearts and Helping Hands” through our qualified and compassionate staff. A comprehensive range of services is delivered by licensed, bonded and insured Registered Nurses (RNs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), and Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs). Our staff focuses on empowering you by facilitating transitions from hospital to home, evaluating the effectiveness of your health management, teaching you and your caregivers how to effectively manage your own health, and coordinating services through liaisons with hospitals, clinics, physicians, and your other health professionals. This continuum of care is how Nurses With Heart works to provide you the right services, in the right environment, at the right time.
Nurses With Heart Home Care assists people who are recovering from an illness or accident, who are disabled, or those who are chronically or terminally ill and are in need of nursing, social or therapeutic treatment, or who simply need assistance with the essential activities of daily living. Nurses With Heart can receive and fulfill your physician’s prescription for all of your nursing and home health needs.
Santa Fe, New Mexico has a population of over 144,000 and an ever-increasing size of rural communities. Nurses With Heart serves the diverse Santa Fe community by promoting quality of life through allowing you to remain in your home and still enjoy all New Mexico has to offer. A safe and comfortable home environment facilitates healing and maintains wellness.
Nurses With Heart Home Care supports all who wish to remain independent and in their own homes through nursing and home health services, wherever home may be.”
Nursing Organization of the Week: Transcultural Nursing Society
Nursing isn’t just about providing care, it’s also about the community. Nurses who work together help drive the field forward and provide support, encouragement, and so much more for nurses all over the world. With that in mind, we here at the Mastering Nursing podcast want to highlight and recognize those that are doing a particularly great job of it.
We seek nominations from our listeners and other passionate nurses, and then decide on award winners each episode. If you have any nursing organization you think should be highlighted, don’t hesitate to reach out via e-mail (or social media message) and let us know!
This week, we’re so happy to award the Transcultural Nursing Society or TCNS.
The TCNS seeks to provide nurses and other health care professionals with the knowledge base necessary to ensure cultural competence in practice, education, research, and administration.
Transculture Nursing is a theory based humanistic discipline, designed to serve individuals, organizations, communities, and societies. Human care/caring is defined within the context of culture. Culturally competent care can only occur when culture care values are known and serve as the foundation for meaningful care. Scholarship is the foundation of the discipline of TCN. Advanced educational preparation in TCN enhances the practice of culturally competent care. Certification documents evidence of the ability to provide culturally competent care.
Needless to say, it’s important work, And if you’d like to learn more you can connect with them online on Facebook.