New to this website. Fairly new RN, and Fairly new to HH. I actually graudated from Nursing school a year ago. Began working as a RN until August after I took a much needed break. Started working in a horrible oncology/medsurge/offsite telemetry unit with awful staff. I must admit learned alot considering I was solo as a brand new nurse. Only lasted till October, when I got a job offer from a Home Health Agency and began working there first week of October. I LOVE HOME HEALTH!!! I did ever since i was in nursing school and did my orientation with a home health agency. I love the one on one I get with my patients. I really feel more involved with their care and more independent and feel like I could educate them alot more... Anyways, with that being said I love home health. Only thing Im having trouble with is with some of the conflicts im experiencing currently. I dont know if its the norm for Home Health and just the bad side of home health, or if Im literally just being jipped. Let me being with the pay. Currently im getting payed using the point system with Hourly wage. Got started off at $27.50 a hr and getting payed 150$ biweekly for gas, and 50$ a month extra for Cellphone coverage. I love my job, love my bosses, not sure if im getting my legged pulled though. My current point system works this way.
That time includes driving time, documentation time, and visit time. I have to complete 37 points a week, 3 points are given to me already for our weekly case conference. So is that a norm?
In addition on Recerts im incharge of completing Case Conference reports, physician orders, transfers, etc. IDK if that is considered norm for a field nurse.
Next thing im having trouble with is, sometimes im being sent to do SOC and find that once I get there after driving 50-60 miles to a location they arent home bound, and I have to depart after I spend about 20 minutes assessing them and had spent about 30-45 minutes driving there. I dont get paid for the time devoted.
Im driving about 600miles a week, having to complete a oil change monthly.
I love my job, love what I do and I have become so devoted to my patients and trying to help them in all possible ways.
I just want to take away that feeling that I feel I might be getting jipped or taken advantage of. As I said im a new nurse, the administrators know that, and they are so helpful and all, but just want to be sure things are fair.
All input and suggestions are appreciated, thank you guys