Home Health Nursing Good Money?

  1. I'm a new grad and home health RN, so bare with me and all my questions. Hopefully, most of the nurses here are not in it for the money, haha, but I had a question about home health. I'm a newly hired home health RN and was thinking that HH could become a very lucrative specialty of nursing for me. I'm getting paid $30/visit and most of my visits rarely last 1 hour in my area because it is a very small town and I'm only driving 5-15 minutes between patients. Even all the paperwork involved combined is not lasting much over 1 hour. I know that there will be slower times and it will take longer per visit with complicated patients, but it would seem if I start doing this full time seeing 7 or 8 patients per day how I could soon be making alot more money than a regular floor nurse. Am I just new and nieve or is this true of home health or maybe I'm just lucky to find something in a small area where I'm not driving so much and can see more pt's? I'm just at a loss. Thanks in advance for your info/comments....
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  3. by   sb22
    I know a nurse who reportedly made $100,000/year doing home health visits. She had a bad reputation in the community, though. She worked for 3 agencies at the same time so noone really knew how many visits she was doing. I didn't like following her or filling in for her because the patients felt like they had been cheated and her work was messy.
    I have made some very quick visits and have seen as many as 12 patients in one day (I made up for it that night doing paperwork, though).
    I love home health and do it for reasons other than money, but it can be an easy way to make some extra $$ without killing yourself working on the floor at a hospital.
  4. by   renerian
    Last year I did case management/patient care in home health. My wage per week was between 8.00 to 11.00 per hour. Sucked. The travel time was what was hurting me as I was going far apart but no travel compensation other than mileage. I would sometimes have 4 to 5 hours in a visit with the travel time and visit and would only get 25.00 so you can see how rotten the pay was. Depends on your service area.

    renerian
  5. by   renerian
    Plus I forgot to say I bought a new car every other year as I put 30,000 miles or more per year on my car.

    renerian

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