Calling all HH Nurses, roll call - page 5

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   gillc
    Hi HH for 17 yrs now and still love it. Changes are constant, especially the paperwork (definitely the downside) but the patients are worth it. You never know what you are walking into. Love reading your discussion board - hope thats okay.
  2. by   peggymarie
    Hi,I've been in home care for aprox. 7 yrs. now. Started out as a public health nurse in small rural area and loved it. Driving around out in the country and the people were all so genuine and sweet. Did that for 3 yrs and then went to the big city. Now I've been with the same co. for 5 yrs. Started out on the medicare side now have been the only nurse on the private pay side. I love it. Some days I'm in the office all day and its like man I gotta get out. I found this site looking around for nurse chat rooms. Still have not found any. Any ideas? Not very experienced on the computer but hopefully this site will be useful/fun for me.
  3. by   hoolahan
    gillc, it is "your" discussion group too!!" It is yours to read, post, and make of it what you will. I am happy that there are so many HH nurses, and we have a pretty good forum going here. It has its ups and downs, posts seem to go in spurts, then a lull, then another spurt, so keep reading, and posting!

    Welcome to you also peggymarie. I work mostly in the city, which I love most of the time, but occassionally get to go a little rural, not much ruralness in NJ though!
  4. by   Brita01
    Thanks for the welcome Hoolahan. I just finished doing my 10 ridealongs. What a big difference from med/surg nursing. Now I'm just waiting for my own patient load. One difference from the hospital is patient teaching. Do any of you know of any websites regarding patient teaching tools on any and everything? I need a little help with that area.
  5. by   hoolahan
    I hear you Brita! I have done a lot of research into this myself, and NRS Karen helped me enormously by sending me copies of stuff, she is the best resource! But, if she is busy (and she is a busy woman,) you can also check out www.nih.gov , the nat'l institutes of health web site, they have clinical guidelens for many treatments, so you can educate pt's with the evidenced-based facts. Also, I surf lots of pt ed sites, which tell me what pt's need to know. Other excellent resources are the DME companies, and product manufacturers, like Ross, who makes an excellent enteral feeding pt ed booklet, and Shiley, who sent me a pt ed vidoe on ttrach care and a great pt ed booklet. Also, got info and samples of leg bags by e-mailing foley companies. There is TONS of info on the web for pt teaching. I also go to the disease org's web sites, for example, I have a pt with Paget's disease, not very common disorder, so I went to the pagets foundation, and downloaded and printed out a 6 page pt ed booklet, also one for health care providers, and I gave him copies for his doctors and his files, and put one on the chart for the per diem nurses to refer too as well. So try amaerican heart association, lung association, drug companie sites on the web. I frequently request glaxo to send a wellcome packet on asthma management to my asthmatic pt's and teach them according to the NIH asthma diagnosis and Rx guidelines recommendations.

    Of course, you have to use respectable web sites designed and prepared by experts, who have done legitimate research, and not just a pt giving his/her opinion.

    I have some of these links on my web site www.geocities.com/vnarn_nj
    Last edit by hoolahan on Jun 5, '02
  6. by   LoisJean
    Just to let you know that we passed our first State Audit. We are pleased--also glad it's over with!

    Lois
  7. by   hoolahan
    That's great Lois. I lost you e-mail, can you e-mail me at vnarn_nj@yahoo.com ? I wanted to "chat" with you.
  8. by   PattiRN
    Hello everyone. I have worked in Home Care for the last 9 years. I love it ! My prior jobs were in nursing homes, Psych Center, and on a Mental Health unit in a hospital. When I first started homecare one nurse said I should not be working in home care without having worked med-surg. Well I agree...but I never felt the call to work med-surg....appeared way too stressful when I was a student nurse. I have been a nurse for 22 years!
    I worked in the field in HH for 7 yrs. before becoming a supervisor. I miss the visits but have been known to work a weekend or two. Hate Oasis!
  9. by   hoolahan
    Oh Patti, ditto on that redundant moronic OASIS!!!
  10. by   cjk01
    Hi all! I am a home care nurse in So. Cal. for the past 5 years and I have to admit I am fed up with it! When I first started the job couldn't be beat; 6 pts per day, no OASIS, nice atmosphere to work in (for the most part). Boy, things have rea
    I am tired of seeing 7 pts everyday, filling out those OASIS forms, and driving like a maniac. I do find that the job has it's rewards but I am seriously thinking of trying something new. Maybe I need a vacation!?
  11. by   hoolahan
    cjk, I feel your pain. Certainly try something new. That in and of itself will seem like a vacation. I left and went back several times, but I still find that for my personal life, as aggravating as this job can be, and I have been FT this time around, it makes a hige diff in the burnout factor, it still works best for me and my family. Though I admit, I am currently exploring other options. I will probably start seriously looking in September, but I am being super-selective. Sometimes leaving and doing something else is the only way to find out you really like what you did before!

    Right now at my agency, we are losing nurses left and right. I haven't had to see more than 6, or 6 visits, for the last few months. They have been sort of kissing our butts, and I have to admit, it's nice for a change. They really can't affords to lose another nurse!
  12. by   CardioTrans
    Hi there.......... I have done home health off and on for the past 11 yrs......... nothing can compare to it. Granted that it has its pains........ but nothing compared to a hospital.

    The OASIS is a pain.......lol PPS is a pain....... but the benefits of actually being able to help the patients is all worth it. I have worked in the hospital all in critical care, but I always go back to home health. Granted we dont have someone to call to help with the IV that we cant get or to hold the leg so we can dress the foot, but thats what makes home health interesting........ you grow with your skills and become highly innovative.......lol

    Wouldnt trade my experiences in home health for anything.
  13. by   LoisJean
    Hi, CardioTrans! Welcome Aboard. The saying, "Necessity is the mother of invention", was first said, I'm certain, by Home Health Care Nurses! Speaking of necessity, all you guys and gals: has anyone ever come up with a way to control the 100 feet of O2 line that my patients keep tripping over? Some of them have so much footage of it that they could go 5 miles and still have enough left to fly a kite with. I'm thinking of some kind of 'winder-upper' like the automatic clothes line type thing.

    Peace
    Lois Jean

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