home health pay - page 2

I interveiwed with a hh agency today and was curious what the going pay scale is. They pay 60 for admission, 38.5 re-admits, and 28 for nursing visits. I currently work in the hospital and have an... Read More

  1. by   AtlantaRN
    watch too what agency you are going with, in my area, there are a couple of agencies that are ALWAYS advertising for nurses...I went on an interview for this particular company, and I could hear some of the office staff saying "well, we're not paying her for THAT visit...", the company started with a "G" and they are a national company...just a bad reputation in middle georgia

    linda
  2. by   SWRN84
    I have been working in home care for 18 years. I've been a case manager, supervisor, and float nurse over the years. I'm working now as a prn nurse, usually 4 days per week. I live in the midwest and work for a rural hospital-based home care agency. I get paid $35 for regular return visits, $38 for any visits that involve OASIS, 40 cents per mile. If I do visits on weekends, my pay is the same. Fortunately, I don't have to do very many initial visits, otherwise it would not be worth it. I do quite a few recert/follow up visits, and occasionally ROC's, but they usually aren't too time-consuming, especially if I"ve seen the patients before. It's those patients I've never seen before that take me longer. I do wish I was paid more for the OASIS visits, because $3 extra in no way covers the extra work, but it all really balances out in the end for me. It will take you a bit longer doing visits in the beginning, until you get used to it, but soon it should start flowing. The visits are basic nursing......but the paperwork in home care is what takes time to master. Good luck!
  3. by   LAURAJOEGARZA
    HELLO NURSES,
    I am assumining you all are RN's. Myself on the otherhand an LVN in the Houston,TX area. My question is regarding per visit pay in other areas. The Homehealth I work for requires LVN's(full time) to obtain 40 visits a week @ $15.00 a visit with appr. $.30 for gas milage per mile. I also curious to know what RN's make?
  4. by   Hairstylingnurse
    Quote from SWRN84
    I have been working in home care for 18 years. I've been a case manager, supervisor, and float nurse over the years. I'm working now as a prn nurse, usually 4 days per week. I live in the midwest and work for a rural hospital-based home care agency. I get paid $35 for regular return visits, $38 for any visits that involve OASIS, 40 cents per mile. If I do visits on weekends, my pay is the same. Fortunately, I don't have to do very many initial visits, otherwise it would not be worth it. I do quite a few recert/follow up visits, and occasionally ROC's, but they usually aren't too time-consuming, especially if I"ve seen the patients before. It's those patients I've never seen before that take me longer. I do wish I was paid more for the OASIS visits, because $3 extra in no way covers the extra work, but it all really balances out in the end for me. It will take you a bit longer doing visits in the beginning, until you get used to it, but soon it should start flowing. The visits are basic nursing......but the paperwork in home care is what takes time to master. Good luck!
    Hi SWRN,

    i WAS WONDERING CAN'T YOU REFUSE TO DO THE OASIS VISITS SINCE YOU ARE PRN?????dO YOU GET AS MANY CASES AS YOU WANT IN AN WEEK BEING PRN OR IS THAT WHY YOU TAKE THE OASIS VISITS????? I USED TO DO HH FULLTIME AND AM READY TO GET BACK INTO IT BUT I WANT PRN. I HAVE ALWAYS HEARD THAT PRN HH CALL THE SHOTS ON WHERE THEY WILL TRAVEL AND WHICH PT THE WILL SEE. DOWN SIDE TO THAT IS YOUR NOT GUARANTEED HOURS, BECAUSE OFCOURSE THEY HAVE TO MAKE SURE THIER P/T AND F/T HAVE THIER HOURS.
  5. by   Traveler
    I am prn and routinely do OASIS visits. I do much better financially by just doing regular visits (I get only $3 more/visit for doing a recert or dc), but figure it balances out in the end. Tuesday I did 1 sup only, 6 regular visits, 1 recert, and one admission. Yesterday I did 1 dc, had a one hour inservice, and did 8 regular visits. Pretty busy days!
  6. by   Cmyst
    One thing you have to get straight is whether the EXPECTATION is that 6 visits = 8 hours? Because if you're new to home health, they don't. If you take over 8 hours to complete the 6 visits, will they pay overtime? This sounds so elementary, but home health agencies play a little loose with rules regarding lunch, breaks, etc. Not to mention the scores of nurses who do paperwork while watching TV with family, eating dinner, etc.

    I'm not trying to scare anyone off from HH, because it is by far easier on your own body and IMHO better nursing practice than floor nursing, but because it is so easy to piece your personal day in with your work day, sometimes you end up feeling as if you NEVER finish working.

    Another suggestion is to consider working in the home health dept. of a hospital. Most hospital systems have home health, and they usually pay the same hourly rate as the Med/Surg floor and are based on your years of experience or seniority within that system. This has the added benefit of giving you an "insurance policy" of being an RN within that hospital system, and if home health doesn't work out for you, you can apply to move to another department without losing vacation time, benefits, etc.
    I've worked both for hospital-based, and independant agencies, and I've enjoyed both. But it's definately less stressful for me now to have the security of a hospital-based home health position with hourly pay and perks.

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