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Sep

9

2016

Uncompensated care in our community

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Last year, Visiting Nurse Health System provided $3.4 million in uncompensated care for uninsured patients and families with special needs. But the needs are great and there's more to be done.

Here's how Visiting Nurse, which delivers care to more than 6,000 patients each day across 26 metro Atlanta counties, is helping patients in need — and needs your support.

Evolving to meet needs

Like all healthcare providers nationwide, Visiting Nurse is facing an unprecedented shortage of qualified nurses available to deliver healthcare in Georgia. In addition, with patients being discharged from hospitals faster following

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Aug

29

2016

Thinking of Starting a New Career in Health Care?

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Now that the kids are back in school, it's time to think about YOUR education. It's never too late to make a career change or start a career health care, a growing profession in high demand.

Georgia's nursing profession is growing and needs trained, caring workers. Registered nurse jobs are expected to rise 20 percent from 2014 to 2024, with 2,980 job openings expected per year, according to data for Georgia from the U.S. Department of Labor. Nurse practitioner jobs, which require a graduate degree, are projected

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Aug

22

2016

Pay It Forward: Volunteer Opportunities with Hospice Atlanta

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With Labor Day approaching, it's a great time to remember that not all important and meaningful work comes with a paycheck.

Volunteering for a local organization is a good way to give back to your community by enriching the lives of others and yourself. With kids back in school, you may have time to dedicate to volunteering as well.

If you are looking for volunteer opportunities in and around the Atlanta area, look no further than Hospice Atlanta Center, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016. Hospice Atlanta Center, operated by Visiting

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Aug

3

2016

National Immunization Awareness Month: Get Ready to Go Back to School

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Back-to-school season is a great time for people of all ages to remember to get up-to-date on vaccinations.

National Immunization Awareness Month in August helps draw attention to how vaccinations can help prevent kids and adults from getting diseases, especially life-threatening illnesses.

Vaccines have almost completely eliminated some diseases, such as polio, diphtheria, measles and mumps, in the United States. They are also necessary for children to enter school and go to college and for anyone to travel abroad.

In honor of National Immunization Awareness Month in August, here are some helpful facts about vaccines

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Jul

25

2016

Social Justice for All



In 1893, 123 years ago, the Visiting Nurse movement began in New York City. It was then that Lillian Wald, the first public health nurse in the United States, began seeing vulnerable people on the lower east side of Manhattan. Back then the Lower East Side was full of immigrants from all over the world. It was the most densely populated place on the earth at the time. More than 1,000 people per acre were living in tenements — just horrid conditions.

Today, while most Visiting Nurse organizations across the U.S. focus on home health care, they

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Jul

19

2016

It is Easier Than You Think to Leave a Meaningful Legacy

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When you make financial plans to build a legacy, the assets you built over a lifetime can continue to work for causes that are important to you.

Many of Visiting Nurse's donors are grateful patients or family members who have experienced firsthand the exceptional care we provide to everyone in the community.

"We serve those who need our care, meaning we don't discriminate based on ability to pay or diagnosis – and that means a lot to the people who give to us," says Sarah Matthews, Director of Individual Giving for Visiting Nurse Health

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Jul

4

2016

Visiting Nurse Health System Honors Veterans

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As Americans celebrate the country's independence, the July 4 holiday is a natural time to remember and honor the men and women who have bravely served in the armed forces.

Among those today are about 19 million military Veterans, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. About 3 million of those Veterans were active during World War II and the Korean War, and more than 9 million are currently over the age of 65.

With so many aging Veterans, it is perhaps more appropriate to pay tribute to them every day. Honoring

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Jun

29

2016

Visiting Nurse Health System Debuts Its All-New Website

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Digital media is changing the face of the Internet, and a dynamic online presence is more important than ever. Despite providing high quality, state-of-the-art healthcare services, our Visiting Nurse Health System website was looking a little stale and did not match up to the excellent quality of services we offer. Now, we are excited to show you our fresh, new, online look. Through a generous donation from a long-time supporter, vnhs.org has invested in a new online presence that allows us to provide compelling resources and to interact

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Jun

16

2016

Certified Nursing Assistants Play a Vital Role

Certified nursing assistants provide essential assistance to elderly and disabled individuals with daily healthcare needs. As healthcare professionals, Visiting Nurse Health System recognizes the value of the direct care that certified nursing assistants provide and is deeply grateful for the work they do to improve the lives of our patients. Visiting Nurse, Georgia's largest nonprofit home healthcare and hospice provider, employs nearly 40 nursing assistants.

Given the expanding need for person-centered care in the home or the place our patients call home, the demand for hands-on- care is greater than ever before.


What does a certified nursing assistant do?


 
The nursing assistant position was created by

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