Quote from krocks0610
I am intrested in hearing from anyone who has done home health care. I am thinking about switching from my current job on a med/surg floor to home health. I have two and a half years of expirence. If anyone has anything to share about home health I loved to hear from you!
I have over 20+ years in home health in the Mass. area. The job requires someone who loves teaching, is good at organizing and has a head for geographic mapping, not afraid of driving in the elements (snow, rain, hail, whatever), and has a fairly good handle on major adult diseases (HTN, CHF, Diabetes, PVD, ie.). Oh yes, you are required to complete a good amount of documentation, especially when a patient is admitted. The Medicaire guildelines require the completion of something called an "oasis" which maps the details of a patient's medical and physical background and ADL skills.
But despite this, there is a great deal of satisfaction in caring for a patient along with their family's help, and watching them progress with your teaching and the help other interdisciplinary staff: the P.T., O.T., Speech therapist, etc. You will usually be required to visit 6 pts. daily, perhaps with one of these a new admit (takes about 1-1.75 hrs. to do the visit). You will be expected on occaision to complete venipuncture for collection of CBC, P.T./INR (now using small machines similar to glucometers, so easy), obtain a urine for UA/CVS.
I advise you to go for it! Home care nurses are now very much in demand