Independence Plus Blog

Tips and Tricks for Night Nurses [INFOGRAPHIC]

Whether you’re a night nurse by trade or pick up an overnight shift every now and then, check out our “Tips and Tricks” infographic for surviving the night shift in homecare. See what works for you. We are all unique!

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Annual Competency for Excellence (ACE) Training: IPI’s Commitment to Ongoing Education

Education is at the forefront of everything we do at Independence Plus, Inc. (IPI). Upon hire, our nurses (even the experienced ones) are immersed in a hands-on training and education program designed to prepare them to provide the best possible care for patients with complex medical and respiratory needs living at home. Our education is ongoing, even after they are working in the field.

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Someone You Should Know: Mary D., RN, BSN, IPI Clinical Manager

After completing Independence Plus, Inc.’s Home Nursing Residency, Mary D. RN, BSN, quickly became known as a skilled field nurse with a positive attitude and a commitment to providing the best care possible for her patients. When an opening was available on IPI’s Home Nursing Clinical Management Team, she was the perfect fit.

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Someone You Should Know: Madeline “Maddie” Vollers, IPI’s Medical Equipment Specialist

At Independence Plus, Inc. (IPI), we are committed to our mission of providing exemplary care and services for people at home with complex medical and respiratory needs. To help us reach that goal, we hire professionals who share our passion and never lose sight of our patient-first mentality. We were thrilled to recently welcome to our team someone who fits that bill perfectly. Madeline “Maddie” Vollers is IPI’s new Medical Equipment Specialist.

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Someone You Should Know: Gwen S., RN, IPI Clinical Manager

After graduating from Independence Plus, Inc.’s Home Nursing Residency and working in the field with our medically complex patients, Gwen S., RN, quickly became known to her colleagues as a nurse with a passionate and committed attitude. Her patient-centered focus not only gained her the respect of IPI’s entire clinical team, but also made her the perfect candidate when a clinical manager position opened recently.

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Home healthcare: A great post-retirement job for nurses

Are you a retired nurse or nearing retirement, but considering a rewarding and flexible post-retirement job? Independence Plus, Inc. (IPI) is looking for experienced nurses, with a proven track record of excellence to help provide ICU-level nursing care 1:1 in a patient’s home. Work a schedule that fits your lifestyle, while keeping your skills sharp and changing the lives of adult and pediatric patients with complex medical and respiratory needs!

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Someone You Should Know: IPI’s Assistant Director of Clinical Services, Sharon Celia, BSN, RN

The past month has been a very exciting time at Independence Plus, Inc. (IPI)! Not only did we move to a new location, allowing us the space to expand our simulation lab and bolster our teaching facilities, we also welcomed a very talented nurse educator to our clinical education team! Sharon Celia, BSN, RN, is IPI’s new Assistant Director of Clinical Services, bringing with her more than 25 years experience as a nurse and a robust background as a leader and educator.

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PODCAST | System Execution with IPI’s CEO Danilo Coité, MD

Independence Plus, Inc.’s CEO, Danilo Coité, MD, was recently a guest on an episode of the System Execution podcast, hosted by Vera Fischer. System Execution is a podcast that highlights the strategy and systems behind today’s successful companies to help business leaders get a better outcome.

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AffloVest®: Allowing people with severe respiratory diseases to live a more active, healthy life! Now offered through Independence Plus, Inc.

At Independence Plus, Inc. (IPI), our mission is to provide exemplary care and services for people at home with complex medical and respiratory needs. To help us reach that goal, we offer the latest state-of-the-art equipment that allows our patients to live their best possible lives. One such product is AffloVest®, the first fully mobile, battery-operated High Frequency Chest Wall Oscillation (HFCWO) vest. Patients with severe respiratory diseases such as bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, and other neuromuscular diseases can benefit from this physician-prescribed treatment, according to the manufacturer, International Biophysics Corporation of Austin, TX.

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Join our Home Nursing Residency, with cohorts beginning the first Monday of each month in 2018!

Independence Plus, Inc. (IPI) is not just a staffing or equipment agency. Our niche is that we serve people with complex medical and respiratory needs at home, where they want to be. One aspect of our company that makes us very proud is our commitment to hiring newly-graduated nurses. If you like the idea of working in home healthcare while making a huge impact on patients and their families, IPI may be the place for you.

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Someone You Should Know: IPI’s Talent Acquisition Manager, Sam

Independence Plus, Inc. (IPI) is unique in the home healthcare field because we specialize in providing home care for medically complex, ventilator-dependent adult and pediatric patients. Our entire company takes pride in the challenging role our nurses fulfill. At hire, IPI nurses are trained by immersion in days of hands-on training and education program designed to prepare them to provide the best possible care for our patients. IPI is always searching for great RNs and LPNs who want to join our team, and leading our recruiting effort is our Talent Acquisition Manager, Sam.

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Retiring for a second time!

Juanita C., BSN, MS, became a nurse in 1972. It was the only thing she ever wanted to do. From stints in trauma and neurosurgery, to more than 30 years at a children’s hospital, her career was full. She retired for the first time in 2012, but wasn’t quite ready to hang up her stethoscope. After working for the past several years with Independence Plus, Inc.’s pediatric patients, Juanita is finally settling in to retirement for the second time. We sat down with her to talk about her 45 years in nursing, what she has learned from working in home healthcare, and her plans for the future.

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Now hiring new grad nurses!

2018 is just around the corner and at Independence Plus, Inc. (IPI) we are kicking off the New Year with two Cohorts for our Home Nursing Residency, a unique employment opportunity for RN’s and LPN’s with less than one year of experience. If you fit the bill and are available to begin work on Monday, January 9th or Monday, February 5th, we welcome you to apply for our Residency. This program will prepare you to be a trained specialist in caring for our medically complex, ventilator-dependent patients at home, where they want to be.

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Learning from the best: world-class cardiopulmonary care expert visits IPI

Over the course of Independence Plus, Inc.’s over 30 years in business, we have provided the best home care possible to medically complex, ventilator-dependent adult and pediatric patients. One of the things that make us incredibly proud is our dedication to ongoing clinical training and education. Recently, we were thrilled to welcome world-class cardiopulmonary care expert Adel Bougatef, MD PhD, to our Oak Brook office to share his vast clinical and scientific knowledge with our nurses and respiratory therapists. Dr. Bougatef, a neonatologist, professor, and researcher who has worked at various international medical institutions gave a lecture titled, “Mechanical Ventilation: Non-conventional Approach to the Treatment of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).”

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ModoSpira: Offering hope and a brighter future to those suffering with COPD

For more than 30 years, Independence Plus, Inc. (IPI) has provided the best homecare to medically complex, ventilator-dependent patients. Over the years, many of those patients have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a progressive condition that makes it difficult to breathe. An estimated 30 million individuals in the U.S. are affected by COPD, and over half of them suffer from symptoms and do not know they have the disease.

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IPI’s Respiratory Therapy Team: 200+ Years of Experience

At Independence Plus, Inc. (IPI), we deliver the best possible care to help medically complex, ventilator-dependent adult and pediatric patients reach their full potential at home. An integral part of our team is our licensed Respiratory Care Practitioners (RCPs), whose combined 200+ years of experience managing complex respiratory equipment remains unsurpassed.

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Supporting charity at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon!

At Independence Plus, Inc., we know Oto (Hadid) for his helpful attitude and his ability to work with our HME equipment and supplies. But now we have more reason to be proud of our colleague – for running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon to raise money for his church and for World Vision, an organization dedicated to bringing clean water to children in Africa. We sat down with him earlier this week to ask him a few questions about the motivation for his upcoming race.

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