RN (Registered Nurse)
A graduate of an approved educational program for Registered Nurses. Maintains a current Florida State license as a Registered Nurse.
The Registered Nurse is responsible for assessing and evaluating the care given to the patient, and reporting to the patient's physician.
A Registered Nurse may provide nursing services as a home nurse or provide services to hospitals, assisted living facilities and nursing homes.
LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse)
A graduate of an approved educational program for licensed practical nurses. Maintains a current Florida State license as a Licensed Practical Nurse.
A Licensed Practical Nurse operates under the direction of a Registered Nurse or a Physician.
Licensed Practical Nurses may provide nursing services as an in home nurse or provide services to hospitals, assisted living facilities and nursing homes.
Certified Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide (Also known as a Nursing Aide)
Maintains state certification and or a graduate of a state approved training program.
Assists with activities of daily living (hands on care) as required by Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.
Provides basic non-medical services such as: light housekeeping, errands and general companionship.
Types of Home Health Caregivers / Caretakers
As a nursing registry Whitsyms often refers home health aides, also known as nursing aides, and licensed nurses to provide home health care services.
All of the Statutory Requirements above can be found at the Florida Administrative Rules, Law, Code, Register – FAC, FAW, eRulemaking website at flrules.org.