What does a Home Health Nurse do?

A home health nurse provides an appropriate nursing care in a residential setting. The ideal nurse will deliver high level of caring and empathy while following the treatment plan to include administering medications, tracking vitals, providing wound and catheter care. Additionally, the home health nurse will chart progress and disposed of hazardous materials in appropriate containers.

The ideal candidate must be an R.N. and have a current unencumbered license by the Board of Nursing and 3+ years of nursing experience in a residential setting. This R.N. will have a wiliness to pass a background check as a part of the hiring process and have reliable transportation to to the residential setting and be able to cover any shift. The R.N. must feel confident in providing nursing care without oversight and be able to create rapport with patient and family members.

  • Demonstrate caring and empathy
  • Take and track vital signs
  • Measure and administer medications as prescribed
  • Provide wound care, as needed
  • Provide catheter care
  • Ensure patient is fed and bathed
  • Ensure bedding is clean
  • Track and order supplies
  • Associate's degree in nursing, required
  • Bachelor's degree in nursing, preferred
  • 3+ years of nursing experience in a residential setting
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Willingness to work a variety of shifts
  • Reliable transportation to the residential setting
  • Must feel confident providing nursing care without oversight
  • Ability to create rapport with patient and family members
  • Excellent communication skills
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Home Health Nurse make?

$97,457 /yr
Total Pay

Base Pay


Additional Pay


 / yr
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
See More Insights

Home Health Nurse Career Path

Learn how to become a Home Health Nurse, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

Home Health Nurse
See Career Path

Home Health Nurse Insights

Read what Home Health Nurse professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Bridgeway Rehabilitation ServicesBridgeway Rehabilitation Services
Wellness Specialist
Nov 28, 2021

“Terrible supervision As a new employee it was very awkward ever wanting to ask questions.”

Mid Hudson Managed Home CareMid Hudson Managed Home Care
Home Health Care Aide
Sep 20, 2021

“My salary started at $12.50/hour and I was given a raise to $13.00/hr after a year.”

Fred MeyerFred Meyer
Home PIC
Aug 19, 2020

“New hires start to make more then you because raises don't give you that much more.”

Life ExtensionLife Extension
Wellness Specialist
Jan 20, 2022

“Most wellness specialists do NOT have family lives or any work life balance because this job is SO draining.”

In Home Care Giver
May 6, 2021

“Good and Good good good”

Community Health Worker
Aug 1, 2021

“everything nothing great nice awesome fantastic good bad cheerful tough”

Oct 22, 2021

“Your just a paper to print stuff management says forget your holidays your bound to work everyday here”

In-Home Expert
Feb 23, 2021

“If youve never been a manager this is a nice way to get your feet wet especially with the pay.”

See More

Home Health Nurse Interviews

Related Careers

Clinical Instructor
No skills overlap
Licensed Practical Nurse
No skills overlap
Clinical Nurse
No skills overlap
Nurse Educator
No skills overlap

Home Health Nurse Jobs

Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a home health nurse

The most similar professions to home health nurse are:
  • Clinical Instructor
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Clinical Nurse
  • Nurse Educator

The most common qualifications to become a home health nurse include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.