Spotlight on Washington: The Story of the Chelan Valley Community Nurse
Michelle Jerome RN, BSN has been doing home visits the majority of her 35-year career. She comes to our community with experience in home health, hospice, public health & maternal/child care.
Chelan Valley Community Nurse Brochure
Rural populations have a long drive to specialist care which is often booked weeks or months out. Having a skilled nurse available for the education and assessment needs of this population is invaluable. Because this program is funded by grants and donations, there is no need for insurance prior authorizations trying to fit a client’s needs into specific and narrow requirements for reimbursement.
There are so many success stories, and few can fit into one single category of need. Frequently, as in the case of the COPD client, the spouse or caregiver is really the one in need of services and support. Recently the nurse has been receiving greater acceptance from the Hispanic Community and has begun providing blood pressure screenings after local services. This is particularly important as a number of uninsured is significantly higher in this population, and cases of untreated Stage I and II hypertension are particularly high. The opportunity to provide education and referrals on the spot is invaluable.
Currently there is effort to create a fundraising team that will look at sustainability options for this program as the funding ends July 31, 2018. The nurse is requesting skilled assistance as fundraising is not her forte.
That this program is making a difference is not the question. The question is how might it continue.