Hi all! This is to those who've made the switch from hospital/bedside nursing, to home health.
I currently work as a critical care RN caring for those with acute MIs, CABG, AAA, and other critical cardiac issues. I love the critical thinking aspect of it all, and putting everything together in order to better the patients' outcome, but the bedside aspect is killing me (and I've only been a nurse for ONE year!). Of coarse a little 120lb nurse would not have the easiest time picking up these 300lb men out of bed every morning. At 22 years old, my back is telling me I'm 62! Soooo....I've been looking into home health. I like the case management side of the job, and still getting to do all the "nursey" skills, but is there much of the bedside stuff (baths,etc.) to do to or is that more of a "as needed" thing? And do you feel that communication with the doctors is efficient or are they are to get a hold of? It's all looking wonderful to me, but I'd like a very realistic view of home health before I take the plunge out of CCU/CVU.
Thanks for your input!