My experience has been 6 years in hospital floor nursing (med-surg and tele), about three years ago I wanted extra money but did ot want to work a full extra 12 hour shift so I went looking for home health. I got hired on as a RN case manager. This particular agency was owned by a RN and was fairly new, they ony had 2 offices in California. THe worst part about this job was that I would only get to see 1 or 3 pateint every 1-2 months and only start of care, Resumption of care, recerts, or discharges. The follow up were done a a LVN. I never learned much there but kept the job just becasue it was like not even a having a job. So then I rememebred that the girl who trained me for that agency told me that she worked for a few health agency so that she could make enough money for a full time job. Then I decided to go and find a another HH where I could acuually work more like once or twice week. To my luck I found a brand new agency that was a big corporation. I was doing 5 follows a day every time I worked! I was so happy. so I have been doing this since march of this year and they even offered me a full time position. To this day I havent been able to figure out how much I like HH.
no 12hr shifts! heck maybe not even an 8 hr shift
I am on my own I see my patient when We agree to a time
the pay is decent 6o dollar for follow ups and 100 for SOC recert, ect.
can take a 2-3 hr lunch if i need to or go to target and appointment or whatever I need in between pts
dont have to wake up at the but crack of dawn
weekends, holidays off with some on call
very low stress
not very physical work at all, i probably could have worked all 9 months while i was pregnant with this job
best part of the job is the freedom of it and the flexibility
you can wear scrubs
or street clothes with a lab coat
the driving and geting lost (it happens even with GPS)
the weird family members/patients who freak you out (but you get this in acute care too)
the scary homes and scary neighborhoods
the charting can be teidious
the fact that we really do have to make more of an effort to see these people even when they refuse to see us ( in the hospital if they refuse you just chart refused care) in HH that is just not done
you have to work 5 days a week no more 3 on 4 off like in the hospital setting
insurance at my particular HH company sucks
i hate driving around on hot days and prefer to be in a building LOL
using up gas and niles on my car.
So after putting this all in writing I still can't make up my mind! HH or hospital?? which is better?