Thought I'd share my ideal for a new hire, and see what others look for in a new home health nurse.
I want someone with at least five years of varied professional experience, prefer med-surg but would also like cardiac tele, long term acute care hospital, or sub acute rehab/SNF.
I want someone with no previous home health experience so they don't have to unlearn bad habits.
I want someone who is flexible, can shift gears at a moment's notice, and doesn't get bent out of shape when the plan changes (and the plan almost always changes!).
I want someone with a heart and limitless compassion who still knows where to draw the boundaries.
I want someone who has a good idea of what Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech Therapists do, as well as when to refer to MSW and understands what home health aides are for.
I want someone who will ask questions when s/he doesn't know.
I want someone who is willing to learn and wants to grow.
I don't want: a braggart, a new grad, God's gift to nursing, rigid, set in their ways, won't do it 'cause they don't understand it, no time management skills, no boundaries.
I don't want much, do I?