I start home health Thursday!!!

  1. Hey everyone!

    Well, I finally did it, I put in my 2 weeks notice at my current job, and I start my new home health job this Thursday!! I'm terribly excited and nervous, but I don't think it can be any worse than my job now!!!!! Anyway, just wanted to let y'all know another home health nurse has joined the ranks! Wish me luck!!!!!!

    -Colette
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  3. by   Cattitude


    [color=#483d8b]good luck! what type of home care will you be doing? visits or actually staying in home for shift ? acute or chronic care?
    [color=#483d8b]adult or peds?
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    [color=#483d8b]welcome to home health!:d
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  4. by   Paravell
    Hey, thanks!

    It will be visits, largely a geriatric population but some acute post op bandage changes, etc, from what I've gathered I'll be paid per visit, which I'm hoping will work out because I'm used to a regular pay check!!! I really hope I get a good orientation so I can become comfortable/confident in this new setting. I'm really looking forward to getting out of the hospital setting, and being able to deal one on one with patients (and families) Two nights left! (I should be sleeping now, I work tonight!!!!)

    -Colette
  5. by   DebbieRN45
    What made you decide to change jobs? I work in the hospital in mother/baby. I don't use my skills and am used to a faster pace(med/surg history). I also work nights which I hate! I have an interview with a HH agency tomorrow and wondering about it......
  6. by   CapeCodMermaid
    ME TOO!! After more than 10 years working at skilled nursing facilities and working my way up from staff nurse to DNS, I have jumped ship and am starting at a home health agency next week. I signed on as a float which means I am no one's boss....will see 5-6 patients a day and that's it....no one to manage, no worries about someone screwing up ...I am very excited about it...well all except for the pay. I'll be taking a huge pay cut to move out of management, but you can't always chase that almighty dollar...this agency has more than a week of classroom orientation and then several weeks out in the field.
    Let's wish each other luck!
  7. by   DutchgirlRN
    After 31 years of hospital work, I truely believe HH is nursings best kept secret! Welcome to HH !!
  8. by   nurseangel47
    Home health does have it's advantages,...esp. over hospital drudgery! Good luck to all of you in starting a new venue of nursing!
  9. by   DebbieRN45
    I had my HH interview and they hired me on the spot! I am going to do one weekend a month to see if it is something I am going to like before I quit my hospital job. I am excited and needing a change! The hospital is a bit of a drudge!
  10. by   Paravell
    Quote from DebbieRN45
    What made you decide to change jobs? I work in the hospital in mother/baby. I don't use my skills and am used to a faster pace(med/surg history). I also work nights which I hate! I have an interview with a HH agency tomorrow and wondering about it......
    I really started HATING my job. I always felt that I was putting my license on the line, considering that our staffing was HORRIBLE. I was always the only RN on a mixed peds/surg/ortho floor, and while I loved the lpn that I worked with, it was just getting way to stressful! I wanted a change, and home health is def. a big change for me!! Good luck with whatever you decide!
  11. by   Paravell
    Quote from CapeCodMermaid
    ME TOO!! After more than 10 years working at skilled nursing facilities and working my way up from staff nurse to DNS, I have jumped ship and am starting at a home health agency next week. I signed on as a float which means I am no one's boss....will see 5-6 patients a day and that's it....no one to manage, no worries about someone screwing up ...I am very excited about it...well all except for the pay. I'll be taking a huge pay cut to move out of management, but you can't always chase that almighty dollar...this agency has more than a week of classroom orientation and then several weeks out in the field.
    Let's wish each other luck!
    Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!
    So far I've just been doing paperwork, although Friday they sent me to this community center to do blood pressures on some folk after their morning bingo. It was actually so much fun!!!!!! This week I'll be traveling to their main office to do orientation, which means I can except about a $200 gas check Keep me updated on how you like it!
  12. by   Cattitude
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    after 31 years of hospital work, i truely believe hh is nursings best kept secret! welcome to hh !!
    i know! i always feel like hospital nurses kind of turn up their noses at us, how little they know!! . i have such a sweet job! yes we're short at the moment but, no nights, no weekends, no holidays. i work 9-5 but even that's flexible because i really make my own schedule. i schedule my own pt's. i go in the office when i want, maybe 2 x week. i make great money. presently 84k. great bennies, they're paying for my higher education as well.
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    [color=#483d8b]what more could i ask for?
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  13. by   Paravell
    Quote from casbeezgirlrn
    i know! i always feel like hospital nurses kind of turn up their noses at us, how little they know!! . i have such a sweet job! yes we're short at the moment but, no nights, no weekends, no holidays. i work 9-5 but even that's flexible because i really make my own schedule. i schedule my own pt's. i go in the office when i want, maybe 2 x week. i make great money. presently 84k. great bennies, they're paying for my higher education as well.
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    wow, $84k sounds nice!!! i'm actually taking a pay cut as of now....i'm getting paid hourly until i am able to take on a "full load" of pts, then i will be paid per pt. my company's health insurance is way to expensive for my whole family, so i am having to get my own insurance. i'm a bit nervous about the pay check, but less money is worth it if this job makes me happy i finished all the paperwork/oasis training sessions this week, and next week i will start doing office work and start shadowing some of the other nurses. but as of now, i am on vacation, and am going to new orleans tomorrow for mardi gras!!!
  14. by   Cattitude
    Quote from paravell
    wow, $84k sounds nice!!! i'm actually taking a pay cut as of now....i'm getting paid hourly until i am able to take on a "full load" of pts, then i will be paid per pt.

    [color=#483d8b]yes but i'm in the northeast and i bet your not paying $1200 a month for housing either:chuckle !!! i have a friend in la, she lives in shreveport.
    [color=#483d8b]we get paid per pt. when we do overtime, it's called "fee for service". our per diem nurses get paid that way as well. whe i did per diem it was kind of nice, i could see 8 pt's in a day and no case management!!!
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