Quote from ILBCNU
I have applied for HH position, but was told by a former co-worker that she used to work with a nurse that years later, after getting a job with HH, had gotten killed by a patient's family member while doing a home visit. I have often wondered about the safety issues of going into other people's homes and now this has me very scared. Has anyone had any bad experiences with home health visits in which they were afraid for their safety after they had already entered a home?
I have done home health, of all kinds, hospice, home to home nursing care only visits, (dressings, lab draws, foleys, etc) and shift work, where i was in a home for an entire shift. Sometimes for peds, sometimes adults. I've also been an HH admissions nurse (harder work, imo, getting everything set up for brand new pts)
Not nearly as much as the OP has, not at all, but, off/on through the years, i have done home health.
loved it! Getting to know a patient and their family well, is such a plus. Having time to really do the things you want to, awesome. Autonomy, wonderful. Being creative, is a must now and then, loved that part, too. Lots of great things about HH.
I have never ever felt afraid.
I've been afraid more than once in a hospital
, with some of the patients i've interacted with there,
oh my yes! Yes i have felt a lil wave of fear now and then over someone's behavior. and i once had a brain-damaged pt grab my head and twist my neck. Ouch! I've also witnessed many a coworker take a punch or slap from some demented pt here or there.
in a hospital.
but in a home care setting, nope, hasn't happened to me, anyway, that i was afraid of the patient or of their family, either.
I suppose, if i ever ever was justifiably afraid, i'd pull out my cell phone and dial 911 as i left the home, i guess, seems like that'd be what to do, but, never having experienced that, i don't know.
Different people have different comfort levels, i once had a coworker in ICU who was so so easily terrified, (i do mean terrified) all the time, over what seemed to me to be nothing. Lots of people scared her. but, i kind of think that was just something odd about her.