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

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... Read More

  1. Visit  SquishyRN profile page
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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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  3. Visit  twopurpleskittles profile page
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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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  4. Visit  HH_RN13 profile page
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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.
  5. Visit  twopurpleskittles profile page
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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.
  6. Visit  HH_RN13 profile page
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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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  7. Visit  Bunny99 profile page
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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!
  8. Visit  Bunny99 profile page
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    Quote from turnforthenurseRN
    That seems VERY low for a full-time position, especially in California.
    Thank you!
  9. Visit  Bunny99 profile page
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    Quote from SquishyLVN
    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.
    Thank you!
  10. Visit  Bunny99 profile page
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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!
    Wow, lots of valuable information. Thank you!
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  11. Visit  Bunny99 profile page
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    Quote from VeronikaRN
    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.
    I am nervous too! But I am sure you will be fine after a few months.
  12. Visit  Nurse_ profile page
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    Will they be training you?
    What will the job entail?

    I honestly don't think it's a good idea for a new grad (without prior experience) to be doing home health nursing. Whether or not you are assessing, changing wound dressings, administering IV antibiotics or administering insulin shots, these are easy tasks but requires a nurse's instincts.

    If they are not training you, my best advice to give you is to make sure you have a good reference and malpractice insurance. These can save your behind.

    Second, read all the policies and procedures things like who are you going to call, what are your orders... things like that.

    Finally, don't sell yourself short. No matter how much you are getting paid, they are working your license. They will get paid with the same money whether or not they hire you as a new grad or not. You are risking your license and your agency is reeking the benefits. You cannot argue to the court later on that you were a new grad when you did those things. The people you are servicing assumes you know it already thus you should be paid appropriately.
  13. Visit  Bunny99 profile page
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    Quote from Nurse_
    Will they be training you?
    What will the job entail?

    I honestly don't think it's a good idea for a new grad (without prior experience) to be doing home health nursing. Whether or not you are assessing, changing wound dressings, administering IV antibiotics or administering insulin shots, these are easy tasks but requires a nurse's instincts.

    If they are not training you, my best advice to give you is to make sure you have a good reference and malpractice insurance. These can save your behind.

    Second, read all the policies and procedures things like who are you going to call, what are your orders... things like that.

    Finally, don't sell yourself short. No matter how much you are getting paid, they are working your license. They will get paid with the same money whether or not they hire you as a new grad or not. You are risking your license and your agency is reeking the benefits. You cannot argue to the court later on that you were a new grad when you did those things. The people you are servicing assumes you know it already thus you should be paid appropriately.
    Thank you so much!!

    Yes, they will train me, coz I am brand new to home health care. The legal part of your comment is very helpful! They mentioned that they will cosign with me since i am a new grad.
  14. Visit  Geslina profile page
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    Congratulations on finding work. Just make sure you know all the details before committing. I am not sure I would take a job right now that said I had to sign on for 2 years, even if I were desperate. How long since you finished school? How long did you search? Have you checked out other options? Nursing homes and psychiatric places often hire new grads, have you looked at those types of jobs?


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