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: Shaun Meyer
Name: Shaun R. Meyer RN
Company/Organization: Hi-Line Home Health
Hometown: Grant, NE.
Education: ADN (RN)- studied nursing and psychology
Family: Husband- Rendale, Daughter- McKenzie (24) (also son-in-law- Brian Oster) and 1st granddaughter- Jacee Kay Oster (12 weeks); Twin sons- Austin and Ashton (11)
Hobbies: Reading, writing, cooking, hanging out with my family, and most of all- love being with my husband
Favorite TV Show or Movie? Love cooking shows- Pioneer Woman, Barefoot Contessa; Also James Bond movies, Star Wars movies, Jurassic Park movies; How It’s Made
Favorite Vacation Spot: Always love the Black Hills!
Favorite App or Technology: My Nook; Tango (able to see and talk to my granddaughter who is clear in Oak Harbor, Washington) – it’s an App that is like skype, but can be used between an android and iphone.
Why Did You Choose to Become a Home Health or Hospice Provider? I didn’t exactly choose home care because I had a drive for it or anything. I was a hospital charge nurse, and one day while deer hunting with my husband and brother, I slipped down an icy slope in the sandhills and broke and dislocated my ankle. After this, I could not spend 12 hours shifts on my feet. One day, I received a call from the Director of Nursing at the Grant Hospital asking if I would like a position as the Director of Home Health (which I knew nothing about).
Mentor Who Has Helped Me the Most in My Career:
Julie Thelen- She invited me to the first NAHCHA Conference, and within a short time, I was serving on the Board of Directors, for which I seemed to take up a permanent residence for awhile. If I had not done this, I would not have learned so much about home care. I started on the Bylaws Committee, which was only appropriate. Julie remained available to me for quite a few years, and I could call on her as I learned how home health worked.
How Do You See Your Profession Changing in the Next Few Years? I would like to say, ‘No More Changes!!...’ but I know it isn’t going to happen. I think although home care with become the forefront of health care, especially as it becomes a more revered method for recovering from surgery, illness, etc. in the comfort of home.
Why Are You a NAHCHA Member and What Value Do You Receive From Your Membership? My time spent serving on the NAHCHA board for so many years, showed me that if I want to stay current on the most important and newest information regarding home care, NAHCHA is the place to be!
Something About Me Not Everyone Knows: My first state survey was with Pat Brand, who was absolutely wonderful! I was still happily oblivious to the ins and outs of home care, and just trying to learn as things came up. When she asked me where my Conditions of Participation were, I naively but honestly said ‘I am sorry, Pat, but I don’t even know what that is…’ I still treasure the copy she gave me with the name Pat Brand at the top…boy, have I learned a lot since that!
What Is a Best Practice or a New Idea You’ve Recently Implemented in Your Facility? We have started using a coding company to do our coding, since it felt like a constant guessing game with every patient. We have been so much happier with this, and our reimbursement is improved. We were often undercoding patients.
Career You’d Like to Try if You Weren’t a Home Health or Hospice Provider: I have to admit there are times when I think about doing something completely different, like becoming a financial counselor for Dave Ramsey, learning to cook in Italy, or opening a bakery. I love to cook.
Share a Story About Caring for a Patient that Was a Rewarding Experience: I could not ever just choose one experience. I have, until recently, always taken call along with the other RNs on weekends. I have always enjoyed the patient care. But, with my working 40 hours+ a week in my Director position, and then being on call for the weekend, it wasn’t something I looked forward to. But, in all of the years that I did it, NEVER did I go to see a patient on the weekend, and not leave feeling blessed. I guess you could say it was a reminder of why I do what I do.