Hi all, I just graduated and got my license. My first job is home health. My first week is over and I have found that I have a ton of questions if anyone doesn't mind taking the time to give me some input.
1) Where do you normally get lab supplies? I have been told to get them from the hospital lab, but the lab tech doesn't seem to want to supply me. She did for the patient I have right now, but I am not sure that she will in the future. I don't want to take the cost out of own pocket, and the office isn't giving me any either.
2) A doctor told my patient that I can take his staples out. I know how to use the staple remover, but, again, don't want to pay for one, especially since they are one-time use. I told him that I can't. Does this sort of thing happen a lot?
3) How do most agencies pay? I get a flat rate for each visit and that is ALL - no car allowance, not even benefits. Is this normal in home health?
I really like the work, and could't get a better job right out of school, but what do you guys think of this stuff?
I will stop with just these for now. Thanks to anyone who is willing to help. Any other suggestions?