Nebraska Association of Home
and Community Health Agencies (NAHCHA)

 

NAHCHA

The Nebraska Association of Home and Community Health Agencies (NAHCHA) represents the interests and concerns of home health providers in the state of Nebraska.  Nebraska home care services are provided by home health agencies, hospices, homemaker and home care aide agencies, staffing and private-duty agencies, and medical equipment and supplies, pharmaceuticals and drug infusion therapy companies.  Health and social services are delivered at home to recovering, disabled, chronically or terminally ill adults and children in need of medical, nursing, social or therapeutic treatment and/or assistance.

Member Spotlight: Susan Deaver

Name: Susan Deaver

Company/Organization: Great Plains Health Home Health & Hospice

Hometown: Brady, Nebraska

Education: Diploma Nurse: Mary Lanning School of Nursing in Hastings, Nebraska

BSN from Midlands Lutheran College in Fremont, Nebraska

Certified in Hospice and Palliative Nursing

Family: Husband Tom; 3 grown sons: Luke and wife Becky; Jake and wife Jena; and Ben and wife Brittney. We have 11 grandchildren and counting.

Hobbies: Grandkids, bridge, reading, and walking. We are blessed to live on a lake and enjoy boating, swimming, and fishing.

Favorite TV Show or Movie? Grumpy Old Men and Pretty Woman

Favorite Vacation Spot: Ireland and Europe in general

Favorite App or Technology: Bridge or solitaire. My husband hates games and I love them, so I play by myself.

Why Did You Choose to Become a Home Health or Hospice Provider? I loved the one-on-one that home health and hospice gave me. I enjoy knowing my patients and families more completely. I love having more time to work with them, without interruptions that an in-patient setting can have.

Mentor Who Has Helped Me the Most in My Career: Gosh, so many people have been mentors for me. Julie Thelen  was very helpful when I became a director. The seasoned RNs were very helpful when I was a new grad.

How Do You See Your Profession Changing in the Next Few Years? Unfortunately I see more and more regulations and more time dealing with all of those issues! I do see the home health industry growing and growing, as we look for cheaper and better care of our elderly.

Why Are You a NAHCHA Member and What Value Do You Receive From Your Membership? I mostly enjoy the fellowship with other directors. It is always great when we can put our heads together and talk about issues we are having. It is a great resource for information, to help us all keep current. I enjoy the educational opportunities being a member offers.

Something About Me Not Everyone Knows: I’m the second oldest in a family of 11 children.

What Is a Best Practice or a New Idea You’ve Recently Implemented in Your Facility? We have started a check out procedure to have the nurses end their day with. This has really helped with communicating back to us at the end of the day. Also it enforces checking emails and responding to items we need finished up.

Career You’d Like to Try if You Weren’t a Home Health or Hospice Provider: Barista (you asked J)

Share a Story About Caring for a Patient that Was a Rewarding Experience:  Since I have been in nursing a long time and in home health 21 years, I have had the pleasure of working with some many wonderful families and patients.

Several stick out in my mind. I had a patient named “Shirley.” She was the worst case scenario. She had laryngeal cancer. She had become very disfigured, had a G-tube to eat, and a trach. She couldn’t talk or eat - the worst case you can imagine. We had become quite close first with home health, and second with hospice. Shirley taught me a lot. She always started our visit with, “How are you? How is the family?” She taught me no matter how bad things were she was dealing with, she always thought of the other person. Shirley was getting worse and I had a two-week vacation to Canada with my family. I hated to go, but told her not to wait for me to get back. She need to leave when she could. Of course she waited for me to be there. I got back on Sunday and Shirley passed away with me present on Monday.

The second story I will share with you was very unusual. I had a patient’s husband on hospice and the wife suffered a severe stroke and she was placed on hospice. She died within days and he lingered on. He seemed stuck here on earth. I arrived to check on him. All family was present. The family was singing hymns. He had not been responding for several days. The daughter said to her father “ Daddy, just go to Jesus to be with mom.” The patient then opened his eyes, looked up and took his last breath. Everyone in the room was silent for at least five minutes. We had witnessed something very special. Few people are privileged to witness this. 







Name:  Paula Christensen            

Company/Organization:   Interim HealthCare of Omaha

Hometown:  Grew up in South Bend, Nebraska. I currently live in Bellevue, Nebraska.

Education:  RN, BSN from Methodist College of Nursing

Family:  One son, Caleb, who is ten.

Hobbies: Anything outdoors, watching husker football, going to hockey games, and volunteering at my son’s school.

Favorite TV Show or Movie?  TV Shows:  Parenthood and Revenge 

Favorite Vacation Spot:  Colorado Mountains

Favorite App or Technology:   I recently got a Jawbone which I have enjoyed using.

Why Did You Choose to Become a Home Health or Hospice Provider?  When I graduated from college, I started working at Interim as a Home Health Aide while I was studying for my boards. Once I realized the impact of caring for people in their home environment and how working one on one with the clients in their home made me feel, I decided to continue my career as a nurse in the home health field.  The home setting is where clients want to be and being able to keep them in their homes longer, made me feel like I accomplished something meaningful for them.

Mentor Who Has Helped Me the Most in My Career:   Cathy Glasser was the DHCS at Interim when I first started in the office as a case manager. Her leadership and support helped to structure the home health nurse I became and inspired me to become a manager.  After Cathy left Interim and I became the DHCS, Laurie Wagner, our OBQI nurse, continued to mentor me and offer guidance which has helped me to grow into the leader I am today.  I feel that the success I have had at Interim is a result of both of them believing in me and seeing my potential.

How Do You See Your Profession Changing in the Next Few Years?  I see the need for home health continuing to grow.  There are many resources available to keep people in their homes longer and many of them will need some form of support in order to do that.  Home Health is the most reasonable resource that can meet all of their care needs to keep them home longer.

Why Are You a NAHCHA Member and What Value Do You Receive From Your Membership?  With the many changes in government regulations, it is essential to have a resource advocating for home health ensuring that we are able to offer the best care possible to our clients.  When there is change, it is typically the client that is most affected.  NAHCHA is a voice for both the agencies and the clients which has been very valuable over the past several years.

Something About Me Not Everyone Knows:  I grew up in a small town, and showed horses in 4-H for ten years.

What Is a Best Practice or a New Idea You’ve Recently Implemented in Your Facility?  In order to minimize hospitalizations I created a process we call the “Omaha Project” for the clinicians to follow after they are done following the clients.

Career You’d Like to Try if You Weren’t a Home Health or Hospice Provider:  Teaching

Share a Story About Caring for a Patient that Was a Rewarding Experience: I met an older gentleman last fall while I was covering call who, after talking for a bit, realized we had a connection to the small town I grew up in.  He would play his accordion and harmonica in the small bar in South Bend for the locals.  One of the locals I knew when I was a child had given him one of the accordions he had on display in his home.  After finishing my cares for him, he got out his harmonica and played a few songs for me.  Since I don’t get the opportunity to see clients much anymore, it was an uplifting experience and reminded me why I went into nursing….to care for people.  He put a huge smile on my face which lasted several days.

Name:  Paula Christensen            

Company/Organization:   Interim HealthCare of Omaha

Hometown:  Grew up in South Bend, Nebraska. I currently live in Bellevue, Nebraska.

Education:  RN, BSN from Methodist College of Nursing

Family:  One son, Caleb, who is ten.

Hobbies: Anything outdoors, watching husker football, going to hockey games, and volunteering at my son’s school.

Favorite TV Show or Movie?  TV Shows:  Parenthood and Revenge 

Favorite Vacation Spot:  Colorado Mountains

Favorite App or Technology:   I recently got a Jawbone which I have enjoyed using.

Why Did You Choose to Become a Home Health or Hospice Provider?  When I graduated from college, I started working at Interim as a Home Health Aide while I was studying for my boards. Once I realized the impact of caring for people in their home environment and how working one on one with the clients in their home made me feel, I decided to continue my career as a nurse in the home health field.  The home setting is where clients want to be and being able to keep them in their homes longer, made me feel like I accomplished something meaningful for them.

Mentor Who Has Helped Me the Most in My Career:   Cathy Glasser was the DHCS at Interim when I first started in the office as a case manager. Her leadership and support helped to structure the home health nurse I became and inspired me to become a manager.  After Cathy left Interim and I became the DHCS, Laurie Wagner, our OBQI nurse, continued to mentor me and offer guidance which has helped me to grow into the leader I am today.  I feel that the success I have had at Interim is a result of both of them believing in me and seeing my potential.

How Do You See Your Profession Changing in the Next Few Years?  I see the need for home health continuing to grow.  There are many resources available to keep people in their homes longer and many of them will need some form of support in order to do that.  Home Health is the most reasonable resource that can meet all of their care needs to keep them home longer.

Why Are You a NAHCHA Member and What Value Do You Receive From Your Membership?  With the many changes in government regulations, it is essential to have a resource advocating for home health ensuring that we are able to offer the best care possible to our clients.  When there is change, it is typically the client that is most affected.  NAHCHA is a voice for both the agencies and the clients which has been very valuable over the past several years.

Something About Me Not Everyone Knows:  I grew up in a small town, and showed horses in 4-H for ten years.

What Is a Best Practice or a New Idea You’ve Recently Implemented in Your Facility?  In order to minimize hospitalizations I created a process we call the “Omaha Project” for the clinicians to follow after they are done following the clients.

Career You’d Like to Try if You Weren’t a Home Health or Hospice Provider:  Teaching

Share a Story About Caring for a Patient that Was a Rewarding Experience: I met an older gentleman last fall while I was covering call who, after talking for a bit, realized we had a connection to the small town I grew up in.  He would play his accordion and harmonica in the small bar in South Bend for the locals.  One of the locals I knew when I was a child had given him one of the accordions he had on display in his home.  After finishing my cares for him, he got out his harmonica and played a few songs for me.  Since I don’t get the opportunity to see clients much anymore, it was an uplifting experience and reminded me why I went into nursing….to care for people.  He put a huge smile on my face which lasted several days.

Name:  Paula Christensen            

Company/Organization:   Interim HealthCare of Omaha

Hometown:  Grew up in South Bend, Nebraska. I currently live in Bellevue, Nebraska.

Education:  RN, BSN from Methodist College of Nursing

Family:  One son, Caleb, who is ten.

Hobbies: Anything outdoors, watching husker football, going to hockey games, and volunteering at my son’s school.

Favorite TV Show or Movie?  TV Shows:  Parenthood and Revenge 

Favorite Vacation Spot:  Colorado Mountains

Favorite App or Technology:   I recently got a Jawbone which I have enjoyed using.

Why Did You Choose to Become a Home Health or Hospice Provider?  When I graduated from college, I started working at Interim as a Home Health Aide while I was studying for my boards. Once I realized the impact of caring for people in their home environment and how working one on one with the clients in their home made me feel, I decided to continue my career as a nurse in the home health field.  The home setting is where clients want to be and being able to keep them in their homes longer, made me feel like I accomplished something meaningful for them.

Mentor Who Has Helped Me the Most in My Career:   Cathy Glasser was the DHCS at Interim when I first started in the office as a case manager. Her leadership and support helped to structure the home health nurse I became and inspired me to become a manager.  After Cathy left Interim and I became the DHCS, Laurie Wagner, our OBQI nurse, continued to mentor me and offer guidance which has helped me to grow into the leader I am today.  I feel that the success I have had at Interim is a result of both of them believing in me and seeing my potential.

How Do You See Your Profession Changing in the Next Few Years?  I see the need for home health continuing to grow.  There are many resources available to keep people in their homes longer and many of them will need some form of support in order to do that.  Home Health is the most reasonable resource that can meet all of their care needs to keep them home longer.

Why Are You a NAHCHA Member and What Value Do You Receive From Your Membership?  With the many changes in government regulations, it is essential to have a resource advocating for home health ensuring that we are able to offer the best care possible to our clients.  When there is change, it is typically the client that is most affected.  NAHCHA is a voice for both the agencies and the clients which has been very valuable over the past several years.

Something About Me Not Everyone Knows:  I grew up in a small town, and showed horses in 4-H for ten years.

What Is a Best Practice or a New Idea You’ve Recently Implemented in Your Facility?  In order to minimize hospitalizations I created a process we call the “Omaha Project” for the clinicians to follow after they are done following the clients.

Career You’d Like to Try if You Weren’t a Home Health or Hospice Provider:  Teaching

Share a Story About Caring for a Patient that Was a Rewarding Experience: I met an older gentleman last fall while I was covering call who, after talking for a bit, realized we had a connection to the small town I grew up in.  He would play his accordion and harmonica in the small bar in South Bend for the locals.  One of the locals I knew when I was a child had given him one of the accordions he had on display in his home.  After finishing my cares for him, he got out his harmonica and played a few songs for me.  Since I don’t get the opportunity to see clients much anymore, it was an uplifting experience and reminded me why I went into nursing….to care for people.  He put a huge smile on my face which lasted several days.

Name:  Paula Christensen            

Company/Organization:   Interim HealthCare of Omaha

Hometown:  Grew up in South Bend, Nebraska. I currently live in Bellevue, Nebraska.

Education:  RN, BSN from Methodist College of Nursing

Family:  One son, Caleb, who is ten.

Hobbies: Anything outdoors, watching husker football, going to hockey games, and volunteering at my son’s school.

Favorite TV Show or Movie?  TV Shows:  Parenthood and Revenge 

Favorite Vacation Spot:  Colorado Mountains

Favorite App or Technology:   I recently got a Jawbone which I have enjoyed using.

Why Did You Choose to Become a Home Health or Hospice Provider?  When I graduated from college, I started working at Interim as a Home Health Aide while I was studying for my boards. Once I realized the impact of caring for people in their home environment and how working one on one with the clients in their home made me feel, I decided to continue my career as a nurse in the home health field.  The home setting is where clients want to be and being able to keep them in their homes longer, made me feel like I accomplished something meaningful for them.

Name:  Paula Christensen            

Company/Organization:   Interim HealthCare of Omaha

Hometown:  Grew up in South Bend, Nebraska. I currently live in Bellevue, Nebraska.

Education:  RN, BSN from Methodist College of Nursing

Family:  One son, Caleb, who is ten.

Hobbies: Anything outdoors, watching husker football, going to hockey games, and volunteering at my son’s school.

Favorite TV Show or Movie?  TV Shows:  Parenthood and Revenge 

Favorite Vacation Spot:  Colorado Mountains

Favorite App or Technology:   I recently got a Jawbone which I have enjoyed using.

Why Did You Choose to Become a Home Health or Hospice Provider?  When I graduated from college, I started working at Interim as a Home Health Aide while I was studying for my boards. Once I realized the impact of caring for people in their home environment and how working one on one with the clients in their home made me feel, I decided to continue my career as a nurse in the home health field.  The home setting is where clients want to be and being able to keep them in their homes longer, made me feel like I accomplished something meaningful for them.

Calendar of Events

Upcoming events

29 Apr 2015 8:00 AM • Younes Conference Center in Kearney, Nebraska

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NAHCHA Education Events

OASIS C1-ICD9 Connecting Accurate Data Collection to Care Delivery Conference

Presented by Dee Kornetti and Cindy Krafft
April 29-30, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. Central
Younes Conference Center in Kearney, Nebraska


Fundamentals in Home Health

NAHCHA is partnering with the Home Care Association of Colorado to offer an online Fundamentals in Home Health Program.

Home Health Aide On-the-Go In-Service Series

NAHCHA is partnering with HCPro/Beacon Health to offer a Home Health Aide on the Go In-Service Series.

OASIS-C On-Line Training Program
NAHCHA has a partnership with Acorn's End and RCTCLEARN.NET to provide an OASIS-C On-Line Training Program.  View the program flyer for details and registration information.



Nebraska Association of Home and Community Health Agencies
Janet Seelhoff, CAE
Executive Director
1633 Normandy Ct, Suite A, Lincoln, NE 68512

Phone:  402.423.0718
Fax:  402.476.6547

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