Getting Started in Home Health.

  1. Hi, I've been a RN for about 6 months, working on a pediatric med-surg floor. Recentally I applied (and believe I'll be accepted), to work per diem for a home health agency. I'm hoping to be able to do home health at least 1 day a week (I work 3 12's at the hospital). The agency will place me with pediatric pts in my area. I have never done home health before. The agency did say that they had a nurse educator that would review and make sure I was competent on the skills I would need.


    Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated!
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   marilynmom
    No advice but I am planning on doing the same here very soon!

    I work in the PICU and am wanting out of the hospital and into HH.

    I got a call today from a HH agency (who knows I'm a May grad) so I'm excited to talk to them. They provide their RNs cars (Prius) so that is a plus to me!

    Good luck
  4. by   ChristineN
    Thanks Marilyn. You would think someone woud have some words of wisdom for us!
  5. by   AnnemRN
    Quote from ChristineN
    Hi, I've been a RN for about 6 months, working on a pediatric med-surg floor. Recentally I applied (and believe I'll be accepted), to work per diem for a home health agency. I'm hoping to be able to do home health at least 1 day a week (I work 3 12's at the hospital). The agency will place me with pediatric pts in my area. I have never done home health before. The agency did say that they had a nurse educator that would review and make sure I was competent on the skills I would need.


    Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated!
    I am a home health nurse. Will you being doing intermittent or continuous care? This sounds like a great opportunity to get home health experience, most HHA's usually want at least a year or two of experience first. Be patient it takes a while to catch on.
  6. by   ChristineN
    Quote from AnnemRN
    I am a home health nurse. Will you being doing intermittent or continuous care? This sounds like a great opportunity to get home health experience, most HHA's usually want at least a year or two of experience first. Be patient it takes a while to catch on.
    I would be doing intermittent care, probably 8-12 hrs a week. I feel more comfortable knowing that this agency has a nurse educator that will work with me to make me feel prepared for the field.
  7. by   AnnemRN
    Quote from ChristineN
    I would be doing intermittent care, probably 8-12 hrs a week. I feel more comfortable knowing that this agency has a nurse educator that will work with me to make me feel prepared for the field.
    I agree, it's good to have a nurse educator, but the home health field is very intensive. It will be difficult to try and learn the in's and out's of Medicare etc. on a part time basis. I'm not saying it can't be done, just that it will be a little harder. Good luck to you and congratulations.

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