VA HBPC RN

  1. Those of you RN that do HBPC, can you tell me what your day is like? There is a posting for this full time position in my area that says 8-430. How many pt a day do you see and you do all timepoints?

    I am a RNCM now with homehealth and they work us like dogs. At home its the same, hard to have a life when you work all day and then chart all night at home. No getting away from the job. I love what I do, just wondered if the VA is the same, and do they use laptops?

    THX
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   LubbockNP
    I am a NP with HBPC and love it, the RNs I work with also love it. The best job any of us have every had.
  4. by   pfchang
    LubbockNP, do you have a long wait for vets to get into the HBPC program at your site? We do
  5. by   LubbockNP
    Currently we do not have an EWL at all. We have room for growth in our program.
  6. by   JENFKB
    I used allnurses.com to assist me in applying for and accept my HBPC position - so I figured I would post my experience to help others! Anyways, I started HBPC in May of 2017. I was really hesitant about accepting this position mostly due to safety concerns, HH horror stories etc. However, I am so glad I did accept the position (in part due to the great comments on allnurses!). My day starts at 0700 - other nurses start their day at 0730, but it is open for us to choose. I will typically see 3 patients in a day. The VA gives me a car (which is nicer than my own), an iPhone and a computer. My Veterans are absolutely amazing and I have not had a really bad experience yet. Most of their homes are clean and their family members take great care of them. Most veterans who have complex needs - pressure ulcers, foleys, tube feedings etc. will have HBPC as their primary care clinic and will also have outside agencies such as a home health nurse, physical therapist etc. to assist them with other needs. This is great becasue most of the time I do not have to worry about going to change foleys every month or spending long periods of time on bathing the patient or doing wound care. We are their clinic - so whatever the clinic does, we do (labs, immunizations, medication management etc.). The best part of the job is making your own schedule, not having management down your back, eating wherever & whenever you want and taking care of these wonderful Veterans. I hope if you get the opportunity to apply for or interview HBPC you will go for it!
  7. by   JENFKB
    I used allnurses.com to assist me in applying for and accept my HBPC position - so I figured I would post my experience to help others! Anyways, I started HBPC in May of 2017. I was really hesitant about accepting this position mostly due to safety concerns, HH horror stories etc. However, I am so glad I did accept the position (in part due to the great comments on allnurses!). My day starts at 0700 - other nurses start their day at 0730, but it is open for us to choose. I will typically see 3 patients in a day. The VA gives me a car (which is nicer than my own), an iPhone and a computer. My Veterans are absolutely amazing and I have not had a really bad experience yet. Most of their homes are clean and their family members take great care of them. Most veterans who have complex needs - pressure ulcers, foleys, tube feedings etc. will have HBPC as their primary care clinic and will also have outside agencies such as a home health nurse, physical therapist etc. to assist them with other needs. This is great becasue most of the time I do not have to worry about going to change foleys every month or spending long periods of time on bathing the patient or doing wound care. We are their clinic - so whatever the clinic does, we do (labs, immunizations, medication management etc.). The best part of the job is making your own schedule, not having management down your back, eating wherever & whenever you want and taking care of these wonderful Veterans. I hope if you get the opportunity to apply for or interview HBPC you will go for it!
  8. by   JENFKB
    To elaborate further on my day - my shift is 0700-1530. Once it is 1531 I am DONE - there is no on-call or mandatory overtime. Charting is also not terrible. We have one note that we complete, but the narrative portion does take some time (depending on what kind of nurse you are). I have 45 patients on my panel - our quota per week is 10 patient visits. That is two a day! Although I do try to see at least 3 a day.
    I hope this helps anyone interested in HBPC. Let me know if you have any questions!
  9. by   sjallen7225
    Can you tell me what your experience lever was and what grade/step you were hired in at. I currently have applied for a position that is HBPC and I an trying to figure out where I'll rank in order to determine if I can take a pay cut?
  10. by   JENFKB
    I was already at the VA working on a Med Surg unit when I was hired with HBPC. But with 3.5 years of nursing experience and a MSN I am a nurse 2, step 2.

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