Richmond Seniors and Infusion Nurses: Compassionate Relationships Make a Difference
The Relationship Between Richmond Seniors and Infusion Nurses: Compassionate Nurses Makes all the Difference
Every January 25th is National Infusion Nurse's Day. Do you know what an infusion nurse does or the many ways they can help your Richmond senior loved one at home?
What is an Infusion Nurse?
Infusion Nurses are Registered Nurses who specialize in giving medicine and fluids to patients through injection or infusion. They require additional training and knowledge of the techniques to perform and monitor an infusion, including the equipment as well as the often highly specialized medications they are infusing. They monitor Richmond senior patients for their reaction to the medication being administered, manage their tubing and pumps, maintain arterial catheters, and stay aware of potential drug complications. Infusion Nurses can be found working in a multitude of locations, including places like hospitals, long-term care centers, clinics, and home health agencies. The aging of America, the advance of new medical technologies, and the focus in healthcare on reducing costs are fueling demand for infusion nurses. Demand for infusion nurse services is expected to rise 26 percent by 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Until recently, infusion nursing didn’t play a prominent role among the most sought-after nursing specialties. However, infusion nursing is expected to receive more focus as more Americans are living longer and living with chronic illnesses for which new treatment therapies are being designed and include newer medications that must be injected or infused by a specially trained professional.
Conditions that require an Infusion Nurse
Examples of conditions for which a medication may be injected or infused include certain autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, Chron’s disease, multiple sclerosis and other conditions like heart disease, liver disease, and gastrointestinal disorders.
Celebrating Infusion Nurses
BrightStar Care celebrates Infusion Nurses among our rank of specially trained Registered Nurses at our Joint Commission accredited home-care agencies. Every BrightStar Care RN Director of Nursing has membership in the Infusion Nurses Society – the gold standard setter in the infusion nursing world. The Infusion Nurses Society
(INS) is an international nonprofit organization founded in 1973. For more than 40 years, INS has been committed to bringing innovative new resources and opportunities to a wide range of healthcare professionals who are involved with the specialty practice of infusion therapy. The organization is dedicated to advancing the delivery of quality therapy to patients, enhancing the specialty through stringent standards of practice and professional ethics, and promoting research and education in the infusion nursing practice. “We are proud of our infusion nurses who provide premium person centered high tech care in the client’s own home following the highest care and safety standards of The Joint Commission and the Infusion Nurses Society," stated Sharon Roth Maguire MS, RN, GNP-BC, Chief Clinical Quality Officer at BrightStar Care stated. Clients they serve routinely comment on their BrightStar Care Infusion Nurse with remarks like "She is part of our family," and "I don’t know what I would do without him; no one else could do an infusion like he does and make me laugh about something that could be so sad and stressful. He changed my life!"
We would like to take a moment to thank all of the BrightStar Care Infusion Nurses that all go above and beyond for our Richmond senior client's every day. You are the reason they are able to have their treatment in the comfort of their own homes. Thank you for all you do! BrightStar Care of Richmond proudly provides Home Care and Support for Seniors, including 24 hour in home care, and support in independent and assisted living communities. We provide all levels of home care from companion services to Skilled Nursing. Medical Staffing, Home care, In-Home Skilled Nursing, In-Home Physical Therapy for pediatric, adult and geriatric patients, Companion and Personal Care for Elders with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. We also provide Home Child Care, Sitter and Nanny services for Children and Support for New Mothers. We Support Veterans as a partner of the VA/Veterans administration provider network and are a Home Care Provider for U.S. Department of Labor, Division of Energy Employees and Occupational Illness Compensation. We Accept most Long Term Care Insurance benefits, provide Hospice care, Live-in care, CNA, Caregiver, RN, LPN, RN Supervision, Compassionate Care, and Compatibility Guarantees. We are an ALS Society partner, Alzheimer Association member, and provide care for developmentally disabled and individuals of all ages with mental health and behavioral health diagnosis. Other services include safe discharge and transportation from the hospital or rehab facility, Post Op care both short and long term, Pre-Operation and preparation help and assistance, and client monitoring for out of town family members. Proudly serving Richmond, Henrico, Hanover, Chesterfield, and Goochland, including West End, Midlothian, Oilville, Montpelier, State Farm, Rockville, Manakin Sabot, Maidens, Glen Allen, Powhatan, Ashland, Crozier, Chester, Colonial Heights and Petersburg in Virginia.