I started doing home care in March as a temporary job until I moved out of state. I work 6 hours a day in one patient's home and occasionally 8 hour shifts with another patient. I love the flexibility that home care gives me. The problem I have is that on the 8 hour case I feel like a highly paid babysitter. I don't do anything that a family member or aide couldn't do. The 6 hour case, I do much more. I am a relatively new nurse and don't want to lose my skills. Now that I am moving, I must decide if I should continue in home care or try something else. The hours in HC are wonderful for me especially since I want to return home for a week at xmas to be with my family. This flexibility is really important since I won't have a support system around for my kids. HC can also be lonely. I am afraid that I will really miss having coworkers since I will be in a new area with no local friends. Should I check into visits instead? Is this area of home care also pretty flexible? Or should I be more particular about cases I accept? Or should I try something different? I don't know where else I can find a job that would allow me to go home for the holidays to see my sister and parents. I will really miss them. Sorry I sound like a whiner, I am just scared and sad to move and I want to make the best decision for my family and myself. Thank you.
Jun 2, '04
You can always ask for higher tech cases? What would you like to do as far as patient care?