Now you all are making me scared!

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    I'm in the last quarter of my first year of nursing and have been working in the ICU. I've been thinking of switching jobs, and have been researching home health care. It appeals to me for it's more family-friendly hours and the autonomous and independent nature of the job.

    I've talked to people who look fondly back at their time in home health, and I've read some great posts by nurses who seem to love their jobs. But lately, I'm reading more and more horror stories about the field. I don't want to make a big mistake with this move, and end up even more unhappy with my next job.

    Any advice?
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    Don't leave ICU just yet. Get a perdiem hh job and see if you like it first. That way you can make an informed decision.
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    I agree with nursy, lots of opportunities for per diem to test drive before you jump in. Good luck!
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    Thanks nursy and lovin, that's a really good idea.
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    I love home health.
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    I loved home health when I started 10 years ago but it has changed a lot. People love it or hate it. Try it per Diem first. Although you're actually seeing patients only between 9-5, you'll be doing a lot of documentation during the evenings and that does cut into your family time. Don't jump in totally until you've tried it.
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    I love home health but I don't think 1 year in the ICU is going to be enough experience for HH. sorry.
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    I disagree about tje experience. I was a LTC LPN for 5 years and was a RN in a clinic for a year ajd went into HH. I am still learning, but what burse isn't every day? I love my job and flexibility it offers.
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    I spent all of my career prior to home health in LTC. I've done very well in home health. Any skill can be learned.
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    I worked in physicians offices during nursing school as a float nurse & my very first official job as a RN was with home health. I haven't had any problems whatsoever with my clinical skills. Now the paperwork nightmare is a whole other story, but I LOVE everything else about home health.


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