I am an LPN and I have been doing home health for a year and a half and i love it. as an lpn youll be pretty darn autonomous. the case managers are always RN's(per licensure requirements) i had a case manger who was the freakin bomb, loved here and yelled at her when she told me she gave her notice, but we are still friends. anyway, home care is awasesome but here are some things i have learned, as in nursing in general its alot about personalities and how people get along. also, because your intheir home, your gonna hear everything, my advice, stay out of it. lol your gonna hear the parents talk about sex and money, stay out, go do something, write a note, organize something lol. dont get tooo friendly, its tempting too, but when push comes to shove, alot think of you as hired help and yes its crappy but its just the way it is. make small talk but dont get too personal/. also theyre stress is gonna fly your way, and its just the way it is.
most agencies will have you do a meet and greet first. also, parents tend to blur the lines and dont really understand nursing even though they think they do, so if they want you to do something that you know you cant dont!!!!
always cover your ass with your documentation. you dont want some doiuchebag coming behind you and being a rat. so just cover yourself.
even with its faults i love home care.
good luck and pmme if you have any questions