If you don't mind me jumping into the conversation I would be happy to answer some questions.
I'm new ADN grad working in home health. Home health isn't my preferred specialty, but the agency I work for is the only place to offer me a job so far. I applied at 3 other agencies that all wanted hospital or home health experience before applying at for my current position. This was in addition to dozens of hospital positions that never responded.
The consensus on allnurses seems to be that home health is no place for new grads, but that really depends on the person and your employer. I worked as a paramedic before and during nursing school
, so I am used to walking into situations that are far more dire than any of my clients *knock on wood* have been in so far. Also, my employer recognizes that I am a new grad and don't have the experience that other nurses at the agency have. They don't push more clients on me than I am comfortable taking, and they ensure I am able to provide any care that has been ordered before giving me opens or new clients to carry. I also have team leaders that are more than happy to provide me with guidance regarding case management since that was not covered in my program at all.
I'm trying to build up my load of clients, so scheduling isn't bad for me yet. I try and respect the times people would like to be seen, but that is rapidly becoming impossible when it seems like everyone only wants to be seen between 1300 and 1500. I can't really give you an answer on time management since I am still working on that myself.
So far I am liking home health. I'm a bit of a talker, so I enjoy building rapport and using that to guide how I teach my clients. I still find myself reviewing pathophys before seeing clients which serves to increase and reinforce the knowledge I already have. I've already seen patients in their home with conditions that nurses with 20+ years of experience haven't seen which only makes me enjoy the job more since I get to expand my knowledge base while subsequently sharing it with my patients and peers.