Calling all HH Nurses, roll call - page 4

Hi, as a newly appointed moderator, I want to live this forum up a bit. I just resigned my position as a HH supervisor, to go back to the field. I have been a nurse 20 years, 17 in critical care,... Read More

  1. by   hoolahan
    Welcome Beth. Now we know who to ask for a pulmonary consult!
  2. by   LoisJean
    Hey, Ho Hoolihan- It's Me!!! You would not believe ......! So, I shall not take up precious time to explain it all.
    Suffice it to say that I have been gone so long that I had to re-register!

    We have been BUSY to say the least. My last post indicated that we had suffered a shortfall in clients due to medicaid cuts....well that seems to have corrected itself--plus we have picked up a whole new area of waivers to include mentally challenged folks living in group homes in our area. It has been a challenge lately for me and partner, Christine.

    AND GUESS WHAT...we have hit the big time! We will have our first official State audit first of next month! O, I am giddy with anticipation! :roll
    (Listen, let me tell you, that's pretty big stuff for us two little guppies swimming around in the big nurse-bowl of life).

    Soooooo, on top of everything else I've got no less that one ton of paper work to sort out.

    Wanted to let you know I'm still alive...Linda do you still want that info on foot care?

    Welcome to all new postage people, too.

    Lois
  3. by   lisadavis
    hello to all my home health collegues out there. i have been a nurse for 16 years and have been doing homehealth for the last 6. i worked at a university teaching hospital and thought i had seen it all but...... the homes i've been in, the way some people live oh my...... eye opener...... it is no wonder the compliance rate for clients is so low. i cringe to think about the conditions i sent my hospital patients hom to. WELL NO MORE! i think we need to fix things on the home front to improve outcomes when hospitalized. paperwork yeah its bad (i have an admission chart to finish sitting in front of me right now) but in any area where there is massive government involvement there is a mound of paperwork. I am really glad to read that so many of you doing home health really like it....i thought i might be the only weirdo out there. LOL!:chuckle
  4. by   hoolahan
    Hi Lois, congratulations on your success. (Yes, I would still like the info!!) Let us know how you do with the inspection.

    Welcome Lisa! Please post here often. It has started to be fairly regularly active, and we need to grow this forum, it is a wonderful resource of information.
  5. by   live4today
    Congratulations to you on your new job, Hoolahan! I can read how excited you are in your post comments! Good for you! I wish nothing but the best for you! Love the pay you'll be getting, too! Wow! $30/hour! Fantastic!
  6. by   TeresaNJ
    After 4 years out of practice, I'm re-joining home health. I'm so glad that I came across this site! I had a lot of questions that were answered from browsing over the posts and topics.

    I ordered Robyn Rice's book from Amazon on your recommendations.

    I worked as a field nurse for 6 years for the VNA and I loved it. I was asked to be a supervisor a few times, but I declined so I could continue making visists. To me, home health is *real* nursing. In the home, you have time for patient teaching and your assessments mean something.

    I'm so glad I found this forum, and plan to visit a lot -- probably with a lot of questions!

  7. by   hoolahan
    Renee, you must have read an older post, the $30 was the w/e only spot. I'm back to FT now at a crummy $22.71 per hour.

    Welcome Teresa. I am also from NJ. Subscribe to the forum by clicking on the top right of the screen, and you will get an e-mail everytime someone posts. The forum has bursts of activity, and the rest of the site is nice too. Glad you found us!
  8. by   live4today
    Originally posted by hoolahan
    Renee, you must have read an older post, the $30 was the w/e only spot. I'm back to FT now at a crummy $22.71 per hour.

    Welcome Teresa. I am also from NJ. Subscribe to the forum by clicking on the top right of the screen, and you will get an e-mail everytime someone posts. The forum has bursts of activity, and the rest of the site is nice too. Glad you found us!
    Gosh darn it! Well, for a day or two, I got to imagine you making $30.00 per hour, hoolahan! :chuckle One day our ship will come...or should I say our well deserved increase in hourly wages? :chuckle I can't sneeze at $22.71 per hour because right now, that is a lot more than I'm making per hour. :chuckle I keep telling myself this sabbatical will be over before I know it, and I'll be collecting my much missed nursing paychecks again. I miss doing Home Health, but first I will take a RN refresher course, then work inpatient med/surg or pediatrics again, then possibly go back to doing Home Health. One step at a time, and I know I'll eventually be back on top of things again. I have hope!
  9. by   PattiRN
    Home Care Nurse for the past 9 years. Supervisor for the past 2 years. The paperwork is just crazy but I love home care.
  10. by   hoolahan
    Welcome Patti!!
  11. by   PattiRN
    Hi I am a nurse x 20 years. I have worked in HH the last 9 yrs. and as Supervisor x 2 yrs. My past experiences were in Nursing Homes and Mental Health. I truly love home care and miss dragging my bag! The paperwork is just crazy and I'm interested in writing Congress..whoever that could reduce some of the stacks of paper that cross my desk in a day.
    What I always have loved about HH is the one on one teaching in the home. I miss that dearly but know my nurses are out there with there hearts on their sleeves. I live in rural Northern NY where surviving a winter on the roads is a fete in it self!
    PattiRN
  12. by   Brita01
    Add me to the group. I'm just getting starting started. I had my orientation yesterday and I can't wait to jump right in. I've been trying to get out of the hospital into home health for so long. Five years ago I was a home health aide and loved it. So when I went to LPN school, my agency told me that as soon as I got my license I could work for them as an LPN. Wouldn't you know, that as soon as I got my license, the government changed the rules saying that I couldn't do home health without a year in the hospital? I could have cried. Four years of experience later with skilled nursing, med/surg, and telemetry somebody has finally given me a chance to get into the home health field as a nurse. I am so happy and excited and plan to make the most of this opportunity.
  13. by   hoolahan
    Welcome Brita. We have lots of LPN's at my agency, and we all work together. You will be fine. Congratulations on your new position!

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