I am a Registered Nurse (RN) with 43+ years of professional experience. I graduated in 1979 with a BSN degree from Radford University and started practicing nursing in hospital settings. After several years of gaining valuable nursing experience, I embarked on a career in the Home Health field where I unquestionably had found my niche. This new direction of my career encompassed making skilled nursing visits while employed by the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) in the Washington DC metropolitan area. I soon discovered the ensuing gratification of assessing clients in their own element and tailoring their care respectively. I became especially fond of teaching family caregivers the skills to instill confidence in their ability to care for their loved ones.
Relocating with my family to a smaller community 5 years later afforded more opportunity to continue working in the home care field for Dare County Home Health and Hospice. I made countless home nursing visits to folks in need of wound care, IV infusions, hospice care, diabetes, pain, and cardiovascular management. As a nursing care manager, I coordinated services of Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy, along with supervision of Home Health Aides. I also acted as a liaison between these disciplines, the client and physician. The role of community health nurse made use of my nursing skills at county health fairs, school wellness programs, marathons, and other fitness events.
I was awarded a position with Care Focus as a Community Nurse Manager in 1997. Although still in the homecare arena, I was tasked with overseeing the care of numerous clients and families in the community along with the supervision of their caregivers. Teaching CPR certification, creating and instructing monthly educational in-services for CNAs was a favorite part of my job. I was also challenged to match the most suitable caregivers with elderly clients in need of home care services. Finding the best mutual fit is extremely satisfying that requires careful thought and planning. Eldercare became my true passion through helping seniors stay home, live independently and age in place.
I have found immeasurable joy in volunteering in recent years as a nurse at our local Community Care Clinic serving those without health insurance. These folks while struggling to make ends meet, still find the time to be very grateful for our assistance. We make it our mission at the clinic to be sure that families do not fall between the cracks and go without important health care they need and deserve.
Years of home health care experience combined with my last position of Community Nurse Manager prepared and led me to my next adventure. Thus, CarePathways.com was born with the exceptional computer expertise of my late husband and co-founder, complimented by my extensive health care background. CarePathways.com was created with an understanding of the importance to evolve and adapt to the changing needs of family caregivers. The longevity of 20 years on the internet has allowed Carepathways.com to grow into becoming recognized as an invaluable internet resource for family caregivers across the country. I have contributed numerous articles to CarePathways.com that are frequently requested for reprint by a wide range of Elder Care resources. More importantly, I am rewarded everyday by helping families navigate the health care system, problem solve, manage crises, and find solutions for their elderly loved ones.
Clare Absher is a licensed Registered Nurse by the state of North Carolina with a multistate licensure privilege (License Number: 106138). The NC Board of Nursing maintains a record of her license.