Typical day for a HH nurse... - page 15
by hoolahan 187,397 Views | 254 Comments
Hi guys, I thought it would be nice to start an ongoing thread to just post/vent about your usual day. With a lot of entries, it can sort of serve to show nurses who are thinking about getting into HH what it is really like on... Read More
- 0May 19, '06 by vonsayGoodness! I cant wait until I get further in my studies so I can know what all these abbreviations mean! lol! I am so interested in all of this and because I am going into the LPN program I figured I get on this forum and learn something about HH (see I know that one!) since the field is supposedly so wide open for LPN's. I got a long way to go!!:spin:
- 0Jul 7, '06 by HappyJaxRNQuote from transducenNo way. I make more than most of the facility/hospital nurses around town. I work at a hospital too and the only reason why I make more at the hospital is because of shift differential. Most of the visits with my agency/HH are far MORE an hour than what I've seen hospital nurses get.Interesting. Hh Nurses Are Rumored To Make Less Than Most. Is This True?
- 0Aug 29, '06 by KRHiya. ICU RN here with 6+ years of experience. Looking for a change. Think that I am going to schedule a ride a long with one of the local HH agencies in the upcoming weeks. I really don't know a whole lot about HH. Most of what I know is from reading these posts on the HH forum. I am looking for a job where I can work straight evenings. For quality of life issues, I really need to find a 3p-11p job. I was wondering what questions I should ask my ride a long or interview person? What did you wish you had asked or do you reccomend asking? This is what I have come up with so far.
1- Is this job hourly or salary?
2- What do you consider full time?
3- Do you get paid per hour (regardless of if you are driving, doing paperwork, making phone calls, or seeing a pt.)?
4- Or do you get paid per visit?
5- Do you get a company car?
6- Do you get a company cell phone?
7- Do you get reimbursed 100% for gas and mileage and wear and tear on your car if you do not get a company car?
8- Do you have laptops or do you have to do the old fashioned paper charting?
9- What kind of orientation do you get?
10- What is the average daily/weekly mileage?
11- How many square miles, or counties, etc does this agency cover?
12- Know I need to ask questions on my personal safety but do not know how to work that ?
This is all that I can think of off the top of my head. Any input would be greatly appreciated. TIA.
- 0Dec 3, '06 by shanskyI have been an in home peds LPN for many years through various agencies .The work is with children with trach, vent , gt, and many medical problems , but they do great in home with the right care. I love the work , but the pay has actually decreased over the last 10 yrs ! I heard that LPN,s can contract with medicaid directly and skip the agency and get much better pay for a lot less "agency" hassle. Does anyone know how to do this ? shansky
- 0Feb 7, '07 by Ks mommy nurseQuote from shanskyI have been an in home peds LPN for many years through various agencies .The work is with children with trach, vent , gt, and many medical problems , but they do great in home with the right care. I love the work , but the pay has actually decreased over the last 10 yrs ! I heard that LPN,s can contract with medicaid directly and skip the agency and get much better pay for a lot less "agency" hassle. Does anyone know how to do this ? shansky
Yeah, I'd like to know if that can be done (contract through medicaid and skip the agency). I've been doing this for a few years with the youngest being 18 months to an 89 year old. My pay has increased with each agency that I apply to. But I know that eventually I'll be at the cut off point where I can't demand more pay. That's why I'm looking into going back to school.
- 0Feb 7, '07 by questioningRN2007Hi,
I have been out of the nursing field for about a year. Before that I worked on a medical-surgical unit at a hospital for a little over a year. I absolutely hated it. Now I have the opportunity to do home health nursing. I have a job right now that I like; it's not as challenging as nursing and sometimes I miss nursing. The agency pay is good, I would be making about 38% more than my current job plus mileage and cell phone reimbursement. The biggest drawback to me is the on-call stuff. I would have to be on-call one night a week and one weekend a month, or maybe a little more. They also do rotating on-call for holidays. Is this on-call schedule normal?
Any advice would be appreciated!!!
- 0Feb 8, '07 by Ks mommy nurseHere I am again, I just posted raving about HH and now my patient got admitted to the hospital last night. I had to convince the parent to take her to see her doctor. The doc strongly suggested that she be admitted tonight. That's probably a down fall about HH., if your pt gets sick enough you don't get to work. I might find my usual fall back case, that always needs a nurse to do a shift til she goes home again. I'll be praying for my lil' precious patient to get well. I ask those who read this to do so as well. Thanks.
- 0Feb 26, '07 by teakaI have been in home health the last 7 years straight and about 12 years total. This seems like a pretty typical on-call schedule. On-call is one downside to HH. Plus, a lot of HH nurses I know sometimes finish their documentation at home, especially if paid by the visit. If you would be hourly then this may not be an issue for you. But, the benefits personally and professionally, in my opion, you will reap being a home health nurse usually out weigh the on-call.