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.
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).”
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.
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.
For nearly 30 years, Independence Plus, Inc. has been providing people with complex medical and respiratory needs the opportunity to live fulfilling lives at home.
Happy New Year from all of us at Independence Plus, Inc. (IPI)! As we begin 2017 we are grateful for our patients and their families and we look forward to another year of providing people with complex medical and respiratory needs the opportunity to live fulfilling lives at home. One aspect of IPI that makes us very proud is our commitment to hiring newly-graduated nurses. We are kicking off the year with the 16th Cohort for our Home Nursing Residency, a unique employment opportunity for RN’s and LPN’s with less than one year of experience.
Whether you’re a night nurse by trade or pick up an overnight shift every now and then, check out our “Tips and Tricks” for surviving the night shift in home care.
Educating our nurses on cardiopulmonary dynamics and the principals and benefits of Percussive Ventilation
Almost three years ago Independence Plus, Inc (IPI) began an education and training initiative known as ‘IPI Connect’. Administrative and field clinicians are invited to monthly IPI Connect meetings to help build a more connected professional network for our clinicians and offer open discussions on topics directly related to the care we are responsible for delivering to our medically complex, ventilator-dependent adult and pediatric patients. To allow more of our nurses to participate, we are providing a wrap-up of each topic via our blog.
A great friend of mine sent me a wonderful message attached with a photo titled “Anatomy of a Nurse.” It included “a mind that’s always assessing,” “warm heart,” “warped senses of humor,” “eyes that have seen it all.” It also included “aching back,” “empty stomach”, “full bladder,” “tired feet,” and “dry, chapped hands.” As I continued to read, although my friend was thoughtful with great intentions, the nurse in me said “wait a minute, that’s not a good anatomy.” It is not okay to be hungry, have back pain, nor a full bladder. We would not tell our patients that those things were “okay.” Most of us would use these as teaching opportunities and educate our patients on the risks and benefits, as well as alternatives to positive self-care. So why do we think it is acceptable for us?
October 14th marked the first anniversary of me working as a Registered Nurse. Time has surely flown by and I can definitely say that I made the right career choice. When asked “do you like it?” I instantly smile, nod my head, and then I tell them, “I love it!” My first year as an RN has been eventful, emotional, and satisfying. I provided care for patients that passed away—expected and unexpected—and each death affected me in different ways. After one patient’s death, I was so devastated that I considered shifting paths in nursing. No longer wanting to build close relationships with patients, I solely wanted to provide care from a distance—health fairs, forums, and increased participation in health care reform. However, being personable and relationship-building is the reason why I wanted to become a nurse in the first place.