I would like to pursue a career in Home Health. However, most institutions require 1-2 years of experience prior to working in this field (HH). For preceptorship, I may choose to work in the ICU (medical or surgical) or med-surg unit. Which would you recommend? Upon passing NCLEX, where should i seek to gain my 1-2 years of experience? I'm leaning toward a nursing home (because I prefer this atmosphere), but am wondering if there a particular area that would make my resume look good to a Home Health Agency? Thanks.
I started in HH straight after graduating. A lot of HH agencies will take a new grad and have seen the light with regard to having a tailored new grad programs. I went to Loving Care Agency that has its own training, skill lab, and skills checkoffs for staff and what they call a new grad program. The work is that HH will grow 33% over the next period, while hospital work sill only grow 17%. (Physicians office nurses will incraese 48%) (http://news.nurse.com/article/201009...5/-1/frontpage
) So good choice. But be aware of the difference between Home health and home visits.
Home health you go to a persons home for many hours and watch them. With HH I mostly sat and watched Cerebral Palsy kids and gave them 1 G-Tube feeding in a 6 hour period.
Home visits, you visit the client for an hour and perform a nursing skill: wound care, IV, medisets, then leave. With HV, you often have a personal laptop and complete OASIS documentation. I found it way more fullfilling than HH.
Last edit by frodo-dog on Jul 21, '12
: Reason: Correct statistics quoted