I got my first job!!! But I am worried... - page 3

by Bunny99

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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 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!
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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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    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.
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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.
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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.
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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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    I am very surprised that a home health agency would hire a new grad. The phone might be there, but when you're in someone's house, you're basically on your own. Did they say how much training they would give you? Will you be paired up with a co-worker until you feel comfortable on your own?
    The salary seems low even by East Coast standards.
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    That is way too low. What makes it even more horrible is that you have to sign a contract for years! The new grads I work with make $30 + OT after 8 hours (for a 12 hour shift). It's in acute care, but that's still a huge difference.
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    I don't work in CA but the pay sounds low to me too.

    I'd make sure to understand exactly what "if things go well" means and that you get that bump in pay to $40K in writing.
    Last edit by GM2RN on Mar 13, '13 : Reason: spelling
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    Salary.com site indicates that home care nurses make $62,000 - $93,000 annually in Anaheim, Ca. I have also seen statistics about how difficult it is for a new grad to find employment, so this is a factor to consider. It is highly suggested to work med/surg initially to strengthen your skills base and then venture out to other areas of nursing. Give salary.com a look- it is a good starting point. I have been a RN 23 years and am making about $80,000 yearly (36 hour work week) in Fort Worth Texas.
    Salary.com Salary Wizard- Do you know what you're worth?
    Last edit by MiteMsispe on Mar 13, '13 : Reason: to make point more clear


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