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The care that patients receive during their hospital stays is critical, but for many, follow-up treatment after discharge is just as important in their recovery. For Melodie Quimpo, one of Northwell’s Home Care Registered Nurses, providing compassionate, professional care to her patients in the comfort of their own environments isn’t just a job—it’s a passion.
“I love that I have the privilege to promote the health of patients and their family members in the place where people feel most at ease – their home,” says Melodie, a member of the Northwell Health at Home team within the Continuing Care division, which includes nurses, physical and occupational therapists, social workers and more.
As a home care nurse, Melodie takes on a multitude of roles, assessing patients’ needs, educating them on medication, coordinating doctors’ appointments, and referring them to a variety of rehabilitation and social services. “Overall, my role is to help my patients recover and encourage them to manage their own health goals to achieve safe independence,” she says.
While being a home care nurse at Northwell offers many work-life balance benefits—for example, flexibility and autonomy in their daily schedules—what Melodie loves most about her job is knowing that the warm and personalized care she provides is instrumental in the healing process. It’s this and the ability to build meaningful relationships with her patients and their families that makes her career so rewarding.
“Just hearing a patient and their loved one express their gratitude for my visits reminds me that I am making a true difference in someone’s life,” says Melodie. “This memory motivates me to continue my passion in nursing.”
Melodie’s enthusiasm about her role at Northwell is also sparked by the many growth opportunities afforded to her.
“If an RN wants to advance their skills or education, Northwell provides them with the tools they need to succeed,” she says. “In my experience, the managers and leadership team have encouraged me to further my knowledge in the most up-to-date clinical nursing care by providing training and continuing education opportunities.”
In addition, though she works one-on-one with her patients, Melodie knows that her colleagues are always there to help her be the best nurse she can be.
“Northwell has always had a positive reputation for teamwork, and I wanted to be a part of an inclusive work environment,” she says. “To this day, I have been able to work collaboratively with home care staff to provide quality patient care.”
Whatever your passion, Northwell is behind you all the way. As Melodie says, “I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else.”
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