I got my first job!!! But I am worried... - page 2

by Bunny99 | 7,032 Views | 39 Comments

Hi everyone. I am a new nursing grad, and I feel very lucky to be accepted for a job at a home healthcare company only days after passing NCLEX. The company is located in Southern California and it has won the Healthcare Elite... Read More


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    Quote from VeronikaRN
    Thanks! I got lucky :-) hopefully your employer at least provides good benefits because with that pay it would be hard to buy your own insurance
    Thank you! Could you please explain " hard to buy your own insurance"? What kind of insurance? Is it medical insurance, dental, etc?
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    Yea I meant health, dental, vision. Those would fall under benefits. Some employers cover 50% some do 100%. My employer doesn't offer that at all saying that it balances out since she pays more per visit than other agencies. And also, I don't know if you already have your malpractice insurance. My agency requires it and either way it's a good idea to have it.
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    That seems VERY low for a full-time position, especially in California.
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    I make about that as an LVN in the Los Angeles area with only 2 years experience, but still made that as a new grad. According to my W-2's I made $32k last year, and even worked only part time starting July. So that definitely seems really low for an RN full time.
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    Firstly, I'm not sure that home health nursing should be your first job out of school. Not much experience to work from but not to worry. It's not as though you'll be working in a vacuum. Help is a phone call away. Never forget that.

    Secondly, that pay is ridiculously low! Even with no experience, especially in CA, you should be making at least 60k.

    Thirdly, be prepared for long days and LOADS of paperwork.

    Fourthly, I hope you love teaching. Lots of teaching. I love it.

    Lastly, be ready to fall head over heels in love with your patients making all the hours and paperwork worth it.

    All the best to you!
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    Quote from twopurpleskittles
    Firstly, I'm not sure that home health nursing should be your first job out of school. Not much experience to work from but not to worry. It's not as though you'll be working in a vacuum. Help is a phone call away. Never forget that.

    Secondly, that pay is ridiculously low! Even with no experience, especially in CA, you should be making at least 60k.

    Thirdly, be prepared for long days and LOADS of paperwork.

    Fourthly, I hope you love teaching. Lots of teaching. I love it.

    Lastly, be ready to fall head over heels in love with your patients making all the hours and paperwork worth it.

    All the best to you!
    I wish I could get a job some place else, but these days in CA it's next to impossible! And I needed income :-) I do agree that experience would be a good thing to have for home health. Unfortunately, so far home health seems to be the only specialty that is willing to hire new grads.
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    Quote from VeronikaRN
    I wish I could get a job some place else, but these days in CA it's next to impossible! And I needed income :-) I do agree that experience would be a good thing to have for home health. Unfortunately, so far home health seems to be the only specialty that is willing to hire new grads.
    Hey, I understand that! We do what we have to do, right. You'll be just fine.
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    Quote from twopurpleskittles

    Hey, I understand that! We do what we have to do, right. You'll be just fine.
    Thanks! :-) I am a bit nervous going out on my own, but my employer seems very nice and willing to train and prepare me for whatever the cases might have.
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    Quote from VeronikaRN
    Yea I meant health, dental, vision. Those would fall under benefits. Some employers cover 50% some do 100%. My employer doesn't offer that at all saying that it balances out since she pays more per visit than other agencies. And also, I don't know if you already have your malpractice insurance. My agency requires it and either way it's a good idea to have it.
    I see. Yeah, I will ask this question for sure. Thank you!
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    Quote from turnforthenurseRN
    That seems VERY low for a full-time position, especially in California.
    Thank you!


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