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: 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.








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

25 Aug 2015 8:00 AM • Midtown Holiday Inn, Grand Island, NE
13 Oct 2015 12:00 PM • Webinar

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NAHCHA Education Events

ICD-10 Connecting Accurate Data Collection & Care Delivery Conference
August 25-26, 2015

Midtown Holiday Inn in Grand Island
Presented by Cindy Krafft and Dee Kornetti from Kornetti & Krafft

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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