I have been in the Medical ICU for five years now. I have five children and am starting to wonder if I should move into home health so I can have more time with the kids and not miss their after school games, etc. My youngest will start kindergarten and I will not have anyone to pick up the kids from school, let alone stay with them until my husband gets off at 5. I absolutly love my job right now and am worried about leaving. I love the critical thinking, the rush during critical moments. I just wanted to get input...
Yes, and you may be required to do overnight call. The frequency varies depending on the agency(it may be once a week, or once a month). Overnight call generally is from 5pm to 8am and is in addition to your regular work schedule. You can troubleshoot the problems over the phone,but you may have to go out to see patients if unable to resolve the situation. Sometimes, you may have to admit a patient at night that wasn't seen during the day.
Most agencies will also require weekend and holiday coverage. I have been in homecare since 1994 and have worked for several agencies over the years. These are questions you should ask if you find a homecare position you're interested in.
Also, in my opinion it's better to find an agency that pays you an hourly rate than pay per visit.
Last edit by AnnemRN on Jan 21, '13
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