This is the new reality. Medicare wants patients out of the hospital as soon as possible and does not want them readmitted (at least within 30 days). So one of the specialties with the most jobs for the near future is home health care. Home Health keeps patients out of the hospital. I want to bring this to the board members attention because I see a lot of posts from new grads about starting in home care. No, home health it not a good place to start your nursing career because you need the experience of the hospital. However, the problem is that many cannot find a job in a hospital to gain that experience. I get it! You want to work! You want to be a nurse! You want to make money and use the knowledge that you worked so hard for! Ideally, after about 2-3 years working in the hospital you would be ready for a job as a home health nurse. But unfortunately times have changed and they are not adding hospital nursing jobs
. So unless some of the hospital nurses retire or leave there are no jobs there. So how do we solve this problem? The only answer I can think of is to lower our expectations of experience to 1 year of hospital or long term care nursing. Also to have new grads work with an experienced preceptor for the first 3 months or more when starting in home health. What do you think? How do we solve the problem of --How do new grads to get their experience to be home health nurses?