Typical day for a Home Health nurse... - page 14

Not a bad day today... started back per diem today. 6 cases, all in the same township. Not my usual zip codes though, so I did waste some time and scheduled visits akimbo, instead of in a line like I usually try to do. 8:00am... Read More

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    I am really enjoying this thread and all the resources you guys have posted here.

    I am currently an ER nurse x2 years - and I have bid on transferring into a home health job with the same hospital. This particular branch office is just a few miles from my home. I am waiting to hear from Hum. Resources for an interview.

    I have learned from my experiences what my strengths and weaknesses are. I work well indepdently, I'm totally anal about my documentation and I love the a.m. radio talk shows.......so I could have my a.m on all day in the car. :roll :roll Also, I would like to say goodby to 12 hours shifts without a "pee" break.

    I will keep reading and keep in touch.
    Dawn in PA

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    Hi, I am a SN, I currently work as a HHA and absolutly love this job. I am interested in becoming a HH nurse but am wondering what the best course of action would be. I graduate in Aug with a BSN degree. I am thinking of applying for a Critical Care internship at a local hsp. Am I correct in thinking about getting as much experience as I can before becoming a HH nurse. Also the other thing I hear is they are only willing to train a GN once. Any advice would be appreciated.
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    Hi to all my fellow HH nurses! I just started as a home health nurse 2 months ago and I'm enjoying it more than I expected. Even though I've been an RN for 19 years, I mainly worked in OB or with kids at a local health dept. That experience has come in handy, as the office gives me most of the postpartum depression pts. and any babies/kids that come our way.

    However, I'll be stopping work to have both knees replaced on Weds. I may even end up a patient of my office to boot! Then I'll see things from the other side and that could make me a better nurse.

    Just working 2 months, I've been able to have some very interesting stories, like the time I got lost and ended up in a ditch, the day I almost hit a groundhog, rabbit, dog, and deer on the same route, and seeing a patient's wound completely heal. My only major gripe is spending more time with the computer charting than the patients.

    Here's a blessing - May all your patients be home, may all your roads be clear, and may you get all your lab sticks on the first try!

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    Quote from cinnyluvscats
    May all your patients be home, may all your roads be clear, and may you get all your lab sticks on the first try!

    I like that - what a great "blessing". Well I had posted earlier that I interviewed to transfer from ER nursing to a Home Health office at my same hospital - and today they offerred me the job. I am very excited! I did a ride along earlier in the week and I enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to practicing a little more "holistic" kind of assessment than I was able to do in the emergent nature of the ER.

    Ill probably be reading every message here I can to get ready!
    Dawn in PA
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    So glad to hear that my day is typical for VNA. Coming off 4 day holiday w/e, my attitude is poor. I truly adore my patients, even the difficult families that are in search of answers that we cannot give them. I love the nurses/PT/OT and HHAs that I work with. Hate the paperwork a tumble by a patient creates. I am really feeling unsupported by management. I work for a hospital based VNA. Our offices are off campus at this time. Our hospital is going for MAGNET currently. We truly are the orphans of the 'hospital'. We were so short staffed this w/e that it wasn't funny. Nurses rotated to evening position for not only the holiday but for the w/e as well. It seems to me, that we feel our colleagues pain, and cover those visits b/c we feel badly that patient care may be at risk, or that our friends may be overburdened. It is a continuous circle, we always cover the holes, so nothing is done to actually plug them!
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    Sorry to hear that you guys have trouble meeting the weekend demands, we usually have no trouble getting weekend or holiday coverage, I guess we are all greedy and like the extra pay! How many miles do you drive a day? THe most for me is probobaly 80, with the least about 40. We get to pick our route by seniority so being there almost 5 years got me close to home.
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    Quote from LoriAnnRN
    I can't go into details about my daily routines, but I did home health for about 8 years and I really enjoyed it. It has it's negatives but remeber this: your worst day in home health is still 5 times better than your worst day in the hospital setting!
    Yea, really. Same goes for private duty. I would rather spend 12 hours sitting in someone's house than 12 hours feeling defeated in a nursing home.
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    Hello. I am a med/surg/oncology/ everything RN at a city hospital and have been thinking on HH nursing. My concern is safety. Have you every been sent to very unsafe places where you were scared/concerned?? Thanks.
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    Can you also tell me the differences between Home Health and hospital nursing? How do you get orders? How are you trained? What different things do you have to do? How are you reimbursed for travel? I've read most of the blurbs but don't have a full grasp. I'm looking to switch to HH within my city hospital system. I want to switch into a field where I can still help patients but am not on a hospital floor. Thanks in advance!
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    Quote from nursing04
    Hello. I am a med/surg/oncology/ everything RN at a city hospital and have been thinking on HH nursing. My concern is safety. Have you every been sent to very unsafe places where you were scared/concerned?? Thanks.
    There's unsafe, as in "is that a joint on the table or a hand-rolled cigarette?" and there's unsafe, as in "will I get my car out of this mud-hole of a driveway?" I've been to both.

    My clinical manager emphasized to me that anytime I feel that it's unsafe to do a visit, to just call the office. For the 2 months I worked there, I felt very supported. (Had to leave due to dual knee replacements, but that's another story for another post.)

    Cindy


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