I hate home health!

  1. I really dont like home health as a CNA my patient smokes and I talked to my manager about this and she said to tell my patient to not smoke while Im there. That didnt work. I hate being in someones home and listening to arguments with other family members, other family members coming over and smoking. Im in nursing school just finished my first semester, will I hate being a nurse if I hate home health CNA work? Im afraid Im going to get a patient that has roaches in their house or something. Will working as a CNA in a hospital be better? I need a job where I dont have to work weekends and can only work days because I dont have a babysitter for my two kids any advice?
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   roni221
    Can you ask for a different patient? I don't think you hate home health, it's just this family isn't working for you. And I definitely don't think this means you won't like being a nurse. Along the way you may find something that tells you that you dont' want to be a nurse but this isn't it. Noone should have to be around smoking which is why slowly all public places are becoming nonsmoking. Working at a hospital you will see more stuff but it can be hard to get on days, at least where I work it is hard to get on days but you never know, you could look into hospitals that are close to you. I don't know alot about home care but I would hope that an agency can say that the home should be uhhhh "conducive to health" I mean you shouldn't have to put your health at risk even though everyone has the right to health care.
  4. by   RNDreamer
    When I worked as an HHA, I dealt with some of the situations mentioned. I simply requested another patient. And I definitely wouldn't work with patient where I am constantly exposed to family drama. Things can happen. There was an HHA not too long ago in my area who was working with a family who had some problems. While at work one day, the patient's family member came in, shot and killed those who in in the house at the time, including the HHA. Just not worth it to me. If you are uncomfortable in someone else's house, I say ask for a change of assignment.

    My last assignment was at an Assisted Living Facility. Ask your supervisor if you have any options like that.


    Quote from lizzyberry
    I really dont like home health as a CNA my patient smokes and I talked to my manager about this and she said to tell my patient to not smoke while Im there. That didnt work. I hate being in someones home and listening to arguments with other family members, other family members coming over and smoking. Im in nursing school just finished my first semester, will I hate being a nurse if I hate home health CNA work? Im afraid Im going to get a patient that has roaches in their house or something. Will working as a CNA in a hospital be better? I need a job where I dont have to work weekends and can only work days because I dont have a babysitter for my two kids any advice?
  5. by   caliotter3
    I work in home health. We have the option to refuse to work in a house where smoking or other objectionable behavior is occurring. One of my agencies had us fill out a preference sheet, where we could indicate what we would and would not like for working environments. The paper stated at the bottom the obvious: those who are willing to accept more "objectionable" environments will get more offers for work. Just tell your employer that you do not want to work where people smoke. It's your choice.

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