Weekly Client Requirements?

  1. Hello all,
    I am new to home health nursing and find it very rewarding....Since this is my first agency, I am not sure how other agencies work. Do all Home health Nurses have to do their own case managing? and what is your client load? I've seemed to rack up a nice cell phone bill and we get 50.00 reinbursement monthly for the cell phones.....Please tell me about other agencies out there. Thank you.
    Last edit by HealinghandsRN on Sep 2, '06 : Reason: wrong title
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   PamSICURN
    Hi healinghands, Welcome to the world of HH! In my agency we just went to CM. I have worked for another agency where we did CM so it wasn't difficult for me to make the transition. Some of the other RNs are having a hard time with it though. I like because I know everything there is to know about my patients this way (and don't get any nasty surprises). I work out of Central FL and my cell bill is always alot more than my allotment of 40.00. I also am salaried so I can't really compare with visit rate or whatever. I find the rewards of what I am doing compared to hospital (ICU) so great and I hope that you do too. Good Luck and keep on going! Pam
  4. by   jenrninmi
    I there. I've been working for my first agency just short of 6 months and for the most part like it. I CM my patients but sometimes see other CM's patients if they need help. My cell phone bill got quite large too so I try to make a lot of my calls from my home phone instead (physicians offices, not patients). Also, we now have a nursing facilitator(I think that's what she's called) and we are supposed to use her to make calls on anything that may keep us on the phone for longer that 5 minutes. I'm salaried too so visit rate doesn't apply to us either. We are paid the federal rate for mileage.
  5. by   luvdaisy
    I have worked for home health for 1 1/2 years. I case manage 40-50 patients in a certain territory that our office covers. Another RN takes care of the other territory. I like it because I know what is going on with my patients...recent labs, new orders, etc. We also have case conference every week where we discuss new patients, problems, upcoming discharges. I see between 35-45 patients per week and get paid per visit. Of course I get paid more for admissions and on weekends and after hours. Every full time employee has a company paid cell phone. We are allowed 350 minutes a month. If we go over, it comes out of our pay check at 40 cents a mminute. This isnt a lot of minutes so I do a lot of calling from home and the office. I havent ever gone over though because, of course, it is unlimited mobile to mobile and my friends and family all have the same carrier. We get paid 37 cents a mile. I love my job. The flexibility definitely cannot be beat.

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