Preparing for the Work Environment - Home Health Aide

This course will help the reader identify the purpose of the orientation to home care experience. Important steps to take before and after performing various skills are described. The course also reviews the importance of developing sound organizational skills and strategies for working effectively with all members of the health care team. Procedures for patient admission are also discussed.

This course is part of the Home Health Aide/Nursing Assistant Training library designed for agency or education institution use as an educational aid and resource in conjunction with hands-on instruction in a lab and or clinical setting supervised by a nurse educator. The agency or education institution is responsible for ensuring the learner has attained the knowledge and care skills, according to their state's requirements, before providing care to a client.

This is a self-paced course with optional knowledge check quizzes after each lesson. These non-graded quizzes allow you to check your understanding of the lesson objectives before proceeding to the next lesson. After the final lesson you will be required to take the final exam. You must score 70% or higher to pass the course and obtain a certificate of completion.

  • Identify the purpose of orientation
  • Become aware of the general job role of an aide
  • Recognize the importance of teamwork in the care of the patient
  • Identify the need for wearing the proper dress and name tag
  • Describe standard pre-steps and post-steps for all patient care skills
  • Discuss patient admission procedure
  • Discuss aide's role in reporting patient concerns to his or her supervisor
  • Identify potential legal issues related to the home health aide role
  • Discuss action steps to avoid legal issues related to the home health aide role
  • Discuss the importance of developing the aide's work and personal time-management skills
  • Discuss the importance of developing problem solving skills.
Contact Time

1.2 Contact Hour: Based on 60 minute contact hour

Estimated Time

The estimated time for completion for this activity is 1.25 hour(s).

Intended Audience

This course is designed to meet the continuing education requirements of healthcare paraprofessionals, such as homehealth aide, nurses aide and personal care attendants.

Disclosure Statements:
Author Originating

Patricia Jump - RN PHN MA

Technical Nurse Consultant, President Acorn's End Training and Consulting. Patricia Jump received her Bachelor's in Nursing Degree from Winona State University and her Masters of Arts Degree in Health and Human Services Administration from St. Mary's University. She has over 25 years experience in the health care field and almost two decades of public speaking experience. As a professional trainer and consultant, Patricia conducts seminars across the country for all levels of employees in business, professional associations, educational organizations, churches, and government agencies. Additionally, she serves as personal coach, consultant, and retreat facilitator for home care leaders and organizations throughout the nation.


Materials used in connection with this course may be subject to copyright protection. Retention of the materials for longer than the class term, unauthorized further dissemination of the materials, or use of copyrighted materials in any way other than intended for this class is prohibited by Copyright and Teach Act laws.


This course was developed with Rochester Community and Technical College's Continuing Education and Workforce Development Division located in Rochester Minnesota. Development was funded from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

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Home Health