VNA | Visiting Nurse Association: Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

Community Care

What regular services does the school nurse provide?

VNA customizes the services provided based on the needs identified and the resources the school has available. These can include:

  • Identifying students with special needs and work with parents to develop action plans
  • Health evaluations
  • Guidance and care for children who are ill
  • Height, weight, vision, hearing and oral screenings
  • Immunization record reviews and reporting
  • Communicable disease control and prevention
  • Wellness education
  • Referrals for primary care, community resources and education programs
  • Staff training in areas like infection control, medication administration, CPR and first aid, and the mandated emergency asthma and anaphylaxis protocol

What do VNA nurses do in schools each day?

No two days are the same, but usually the nurse will check in with school administrators to get updates on changes on any individual students receiving special care. The nurse focuses on providing services the school has identified as a priority. And of course, the daily focus can change quickly if an emergency situation arises.

What specific services do VNA nurses provide to homeless families?

VNA nurses provide these services, among others:

  • Health assessments and screenings
  • Early detection of illnesses and prompt treatment
  • Preventative healthcare and teaching
  • Education on positive coping skills
  • First aid and injury care
  • Chronic disease monitoring and education
  • Nutritional assessments and education
  • Prenatal, childbirth and breastfeeding education and support
  • Post-partum and infant assessments
  • Positive parenting education
  • Referrals to primary care and community resources to meet individual needs

What do VNA nurses actually do in the homeless shelters each day?

About half of Omaha’s homeless population is seen by VNA nurses, which is no simple task. At the beginning of each day, the nurses typically check in with shelter or program staff for updates and current priorities. They begin to see new clients and existing clients as they request services. When time permits they seek out clients to follow up and provide support. The nurses facilitate appointments and advocate for the clients with other community service providers frequently throughout the day.

How early can someone enroll in the Nurse Family Partnership?

As soon as an expectant mom finds out she’s pregnant, it’s a good idea to give us a call if you think you could use our services! Call (712) 328-2636 for more information.

What is a typical Love & Learn visit like?

During a typical visit the parent coach will assist the parent to identify and set individual goals, the coach will provide education on life skill development, healthy relationships, parenting topics and refer to community resources, when needed. The nurse will complete maternal-child assessments including weight and developmental assessments of the infant/child, provide education on health, safety, nutrition, and a variety of parenting strategies, and collaborate with other providers working with the family.

What are the results of Project WIN?

Outcomes of this program include the reduction and prevention of child abuse, an increase in family involvement and support, an increase of babies born at healthy birth weights, and an increase in the number of fully-immunized infants.

Where is Project WIN offered?

Project WIN is a free home visitation program offered by VNA for families in Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie counties.

What are the screening requirements for Healthy Families America?

Families whose income is at or less than 250 percent of the Federal Poverty Level are eligible for services. We welcome non- or limited-English speaking families! Other screening requirements may apply – please contact Deanna Schlautman, HFA Program Coordinator, at dschlautman@thevnacares.org or (402) 930-4083.

Endowment Fund

Where can I find more information on VNA’s gifting account?

Additional information on VNA’s gifting account is provided below.

Visiting Nurse Association Gifting Account
DTC Number: 0361
Account Number: 4285-9243

Account Custodian:
D.A. Davidson & Co
450 Regency Parkway
Suite 400
Omaha, NE 68114
402-898-1700

How can I donate a gift of appreciated stock?

If the shares are currently held in an account, you will need to contact the custodian of that account and identify the specific shares you want to donate, provide them with Visiting Nurse Association’s Gifting Account information and follow their procedures to complete the process.

If you are in possession of the physical stock certificates, you are able to deposit them into Visiting Nurse Association’s Gift Account by completing a Stock Power form, which can be provided by the gift account’s custodian.

If you are considering a Qualified Charitable Distribution Gift from your Individual Retirement Account, you must be 70 ½ or older and taking required minimum distributions from your Individual Retirement Account.

How can I make a pledge designation of up to three years?

To make a pledge designation of up to three (3) years, complete the pledge commitment form by clicking HERE. Return your form to Carole Patrick, Vice President of Development and Communications, via email cpatrick@vnatoday.org or via the mailing address listed above.

Where can I send a check payable?

To contribute a check payable to the endowment fund, please mail it to us at:
Visiting Nurse Association
C/o Endowment
12565 West Center Road, Suite 100
Omaha, NE 68144

How do I donate to the endowment fund online?

Secure online donations are accepted at vnatoday.org/donate. Under “My Gift Will Support,” click Endowment.

Home Health

Who is eligible to receive these home health technology services?

Anyone who receives care through VNA is eligible to receive these services. It depends on the client’s individual health situation.

What sort of conditions require IV therapy?

Examples of conditions that often require IV therapy may include but are not limited to:

  • Infectious diseases
  • Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal disease
  • Chronic or terminal pain
  • Immune deficiencies
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Neurological disease
  • Pre- or post-transplantation

What is a typical visit like?

Because everyone’s situation is different, there is no typical visit. Our caregivers spend as much time as they need with every client to make sure they are getting the care needed to get healthy again.

Hospice & Palliative Care

Who is eligible to receive these home health technology services?

Anyone who receives care through VNA is eligible to receive these services. It depends on the client’s individual health situation.

What sort of conditions require IV therapy?

Examples of conditions that often require IV therapy may include but are not limited to:

  • Infectious diseases
  • Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal disease
  • Chronic or terminal pain
  • Immune deficiencies
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Neurological disease
  • Pre- or post-transplantation

What is the difference between hospice and palliative care?

Palliative Care can be provided from the point of diagnosis of a life-threatening, chronic or terminal illness – not just in the last six months of a person’s life – and may be provided in a home setting, outpatient clinic or in a care facility setting.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative Care is a philosophy and practice of care designed to provide specialized comfort and support for individuals with a life-threatening illness. The related word “palliate” means “to relieve symptoms of pain and suffering.”

When should someone research or seek hospice care?

Earlier is better. By understanding the benefits of hospice earlier on, you have more time to research and understand your options and choices – and your loved one and family can greatly benefit from the emotional and physical support our hospice professionals can provide. VNA’s Hospice and Palliative Care services include support and programs to those who are in need during and after the loss of a loved one.

What makes hospice different from palliative care?

Our certified hospice nurses focus on improving quality of life during the last months, and palliative care can be received from the point of diagnosis. Nurses are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide your family with the highest quality of care. Short-term respite is also available on an intermittent basis to allow families time to take care of their own personal needs.

What hospice and palliative care services are offered by VNA?

VNA Hospice and Palliative Care services include:

  • Physician Directed Plan of Care
  • Certified Hospice Registered Nurses
  • Medications for Pain and Symptom Management
  • Medical Equipment
  • Respite Care
  • Hospice General Inpatient Care
  • Medical Social Workers
  • Home Health Aides
  • Patient/Family Focused Care
  • Registered Dietitians
  • Spiritual Counseling
  • Rehabilitation Therapists (OT, PT, ST)
  • Bereavement Services
  • Volunteer Services – Adult and Teen

What is Hospice?

Hospice Care works to make the person comfortable and relieve symptoms and pain for the entire length of their illness when medical care cannot offer a cure. Hospice provides care, comfort and support for persons with life-limiting conditions and their families.

Parenting Support

What are the outcomes of this program?

This program often keeps families from using Emergency Room visits or other medical services unnecessarily, by educating them on what is normal and when to call a doctor. The ongoing support they receive means families in our community have the best possible start in life.

What is a typical visit like?

You can expect personalized care from an expert nurse, delivered with kindness. We work with you and your doctor to design a treatment plan based on your specific situation. This one-on-one attention means your child will have the medical care he or she needs.

How early can someone enroll in the Nurse Family Partnership?

As soon as an expectant mom finds out she’s pregnant, it’s a good idea to give us a call if you think you could use our services! Call (712) 328-2636 for more information.

What is a typical Love & Learn visit like?

During a typical visit the parent coach will assist the parent to identify and set individual goals, the coach will provide education on life skill development, healthy relationships, parenting topics and refer to community resources, when needed. The nurse will complete maternal-child assessments including weight and developmental assessments of the infant/child, provide education on health, safety, nutrition, and a variety of parenting strategies, and collaborate with other providers working with the family.

What are the results of Project WIN?

Outcomes of this program include the reduction and prevention of child abuse, an increase in family involvement and support, an increase of babies born at healthy birth weights, and an increase in the number of fully-immunized infants.

Where is Project WIN offered?

Project WIN is a free home visitation program offered by VNA for families in Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie counties.

What are the screening requirements for Healthy Families America?

Families whose income is at or less than 250 percent of the Federal Poverty Level are eligible for services. We welcome non- or limited-English speaking families! Other screening requirements may apply – please contact Deanna Schlautman, HFA Program Coordinator, at dschlautman@thevnacares.org or (402) 930-4083.

School Nursing

What regular services does the school nurse provide?

VNA customizes the services provided based on the needs identified and the resources the school has available. These can include:

  • Identifying students with special needs and work with parents to develop action plans
  • Health evaluations
  • Guidance and care for children who are ill
  • Height, weight, vision, hearing and oral screenings
  • Immunization record reviews and reporting
  • Communicable disease control and prevention
  • Wellness education
  • Referrals for primary care, community resources and education programs
  • Staff training in areas like infection control, medication administration, CPR and first aid, and the mandated emergency asthma and anaphylaxis protocol

What do VNA nurses do in schools each day?

No two days are the same, but usually the nurse will check in with school administrators to get updates on changes on any individual students receiving special care. The nurse focuses on providing services the school has identified as a priority. And of course, the daily focus can change quickly if an emergency situation arises.

Shelter Nursing

What specific services do VNA nurses provide to homeless families?

VNA nurses provide these services, among others:

  • Health assessments and screenings
  • Early detection of illnesses and prompt treatment
  • Preventative healthcare and teaching
  • Education on positive coping skills
  • First aid and injury care
  • Chronic disease monitoring and education
  • Nutritional assessments and education
  • Prenatal, childbirth and breastfeeding education and support
  • Post-partum and infant assessments
  • Positive parenting education
  • Referrals to primary care and community resources to meet individual needs

What do VNA nurses actually do in the homeless shelters each day?

About half of Omaha’s homeless population is seen by VNA nurses, which is no simple task. At the beginning of each day, the nurses typically check in with shelter or program staff for updates and current priorities. They begin to see new clients and existing clients as they request services. When time permits they seek out clients to follow up and provide support. The nurses facilitate appointments and advocate for the clients with other community service providers frequently throughout the day.