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.
Nebraska Association of Home & Community Health Agencies Member Mary Pistulka Named Home Care and Hospice Nurse of the Year
The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) has named Mary Pistulka from Avera Sacred Heart Home Care Agency in Yankton, South Dakota as the 2014 Home Care and Hospice Nurse of the Year. Avera Sacred Heart Home Care is a member of the Nebraska Association of Home & Community Health Agencies (NAHCHA). The announcement was made at the NAHC’s Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. It remained a surprise until they announced it during one of the general sessions at the conference.
Having over 25 years of experience in health care, Mary began her career working in middle management on medical and surgical hospital floors. She then decided to challenge herself by taking the opportunity to work in the home health industry and develop a Medicare Certified Hospice. As a home health nurse she has been able to assess patients first-hand, develop a plan of care and then educate the patient and family.
Mary enjoys the balance of challenge and reward she receives from her work. She is able to achieve that balance by taking care of patients in the comfort of their own home while helping them improve their independence. Mary recommends being flexible while nursing because every situation and patient is different. She likes to say, “In Home Care we make plans so we have something to change”. She also recommends the continuance of education and getting more certifications. “Whether you get certified in wound care, geriatrics, community health, or hospice and palliative care it will benefit both the nurse and the patient,” Mary says.
NAHCHA represents the interests of the chronically ill, disabled, and dying Americans along with the caregivers who provide them with home care and hospice services. Dedicated nurses like Mary Pistulka give people the opportunity to live comfortably and safely in their homes.
Mary has been a home health nurse for nearly 27 years.
Caring Magazine Names NAHCHA Member Mary Rose Taylor One of America's Top 50 Home Health and Hospice Nurses
Caring Magazine has named Mary Rose Taylor From Good Samaritan Society – Village Home Health (GSS) in Hastings as one of America’s 50 Top Home Care and Hospice Nurses. Members of the National Association for Home Care and Hospice nominated a nurse from each state who shows true dedication and promise within the home care industry.
Mary Rose has over 23 years of experience in the health care industry. She began her health care career by managing a skilled nursing facility unit at GSS where she focused on a care team that was responsible for long-term clients. In 2011 she then decided to explore her interest in home health care as a research coordinator for Living Well at Home. Living Well at Home is a program by GSS that enables their clients to use different technologies that allow them to stay comfortable in their own home. Mary Rose enjoys the opportunity of empowering people to stay in their homes by providing technologies such as telehealth, lifeline and sensors. Mary Rose has continued to grow in the home care health industry and now holds the title of RN case manager at GSS.
From her years of experience in the home health care industry, Mary Rose has found that caring for clients who have returned home from a recent illness, accident, or surgery can be especially challenging but the outcome is even more rewarding. She enjoys helping people succeed in their recovery or rehab and attributes her success to good communication. “I have found that communication is so important to their success! Whether they live independently or with a spouse or family member, every client is unique and requires an individual approach to their care needs,” Mary Rose said.
GSS is a member of Nebraska Association of Home Care and Community Health Agencies (NAHCHA), which provides education, advocacy, information and support to home health providers in Nebraska so that they can best serve the clients by providing high-quality skilled healthcare. Home health agencies, hospices, and dedicated nurses like Mary Rose give people the opportunity to live comfortably in their homes.
Mary Rose Taylor visiting with her patient Dale Schroeder.