Quote from ruthalittle
I'm just curious if anyone else has worked pay per visit, at an hourly rate. I will be starting work at a new company today and they pay by the hour not the visit. I've asked around & no one's ever heard of this before.
I've been a nurse for a while, but am new to home health. I started a few months ago as a per diem visit nurse. I got paid per visit, and the rate depended on what I was doing (admission, discharge, supervision, etc). I couldn't take all the driving around, and really wasn't making any money. It seemed I spent way too much time driving around, and by the end of the week, the compensation for my visits was very small once added up. So I left the company and got another job.
But then a couple of weeks later, the same home health agency I left, called and offered me a full-time staff position, working mostly in the office, but doing some visits if needed. They said I would get paid by the hour, work Monday through Friday, and have a guarantee of 40 hrs a week. I accepted right away. And I am so glad that I did.
I spend most of my time in the office, and average between 2 to 6 visits a week. But I have a lot less stress, and I don't mind the driving, because I know I am on the clock, and will get my regular pay every two weeks. Plus I get a little extra for gas, for any visits I do. I also have the option to do visits on the weekend if I want extra money, but those are at the per diem rate.
So even though I don't work strictly visits, I still think hourly pay is better than per visit. However, if they are doing it where they are actually adding up the time you spend with each patient, I'm not so sure it would be better.