I did floor nursing for 3 months (after 1 1/2 years of being a student nurse aide). When I moved, I went into Peds private duty (home health). I was trained very well by my preceptors and the company, and since I was new I did get more orientation then say, a seasoned nurse.
I loved it. I'm completely competent with trachs, g-tubes, CPAP via trach, and was getting used to ventilators .
However, I missed hospital. I missed the interaction with the nurses. I missed IV starts, post ops, etc. So after 9 months, I went back to hospital.
I think home health gave me some great advantages, and a great background in caring for special needs children. I was trained well, and think that if the nurse is willing and able, home health is a good place to be. You do need some sharp assessment skills - but I always had someone to call with questions. My agency would hire a new RN right out of nursing school
, but an LPN/LVN needed 1 year hospital experience. You just need to make sure you get a lot of orientation.
Best of luck in whatever you choose to do!