Homecare Nurses - page 3

by nursemartin00

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If there are any overnight home care nurses out there, Id like to ask you about your work environment. Do you sit bedside? In the dark? Tv on or off? Any type of lighting? My home care client used to have his tv on every... Read More


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    This is where you have to have a back bone and speak up for your license. You know you are not able to perform your duties in the dark. So, if they wish for him/her to stabilize, you need to be able to do what you are there for. I used to have a patient who wanted to keep the room dark, but this patient had apnea. How in the **** do you expect me to do an assessment or monitor you with your house completely dark?
    Need less to say, I said exactly those words( without the cursing).
    Last edit by traumaRUs on Aug 29, '12 : Reason: profanity
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    Quote from RNsRWe
    Seems like they want a MUSHROOM sitting there in the dark, not a live human being.

    Unreasonable, IMHO.
    And it's a heap of manure that's being shoveled to have her sit in the dark.
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    I work nights for Bayada. My client is a 17 yr old with trach and vent. In this case I have to sit at bedside. The family has a small fold up table with a small lamp for us to use. No tv, but we can bring our cell phone, and I bring my iPad. I have helped on cases where we could sit outside the door, in the living room and did have a television. I have been with this case for 10 months.

    We do have a flash light I cut on and sit up when I need more light. That helps a lot. Yes, if I couldn't bring my iPad or droid phone to get on FB or read on Nook I would fall asleep..
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Sep 1, '12
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    My client is 18
    Has trach needs lots of sxn, apnea monitor, and tube feedings/meds.
    My agency didnt do much to help me out.
    Said they'd call mom but who knows if they did or not?
    My clients mom is CRAZY!!! For real
    I called in and she text me ALL weekend harassing me. The weekend nurse quit recently and moms paranoid. She was asking me, you quit too? Cuz i never responded. So stressful!
    Another concern Is mom dispenses all meds for the week in a daily med box. Throws all pill bottles in trash. Unacceptable to me! Needless to say I will not be returning.... Job search is on :/
    realnursealso/LPN likes this.
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    Quote from nursemartin00
    My client is 18
    Has trach needs lots of sxn, apnea monitor, and tube feedings/meds.
    My agency didnt do much to help me out.
    Said they'd call mom but who knows if they did or not?
    My clients mom is CRAZY!!! For real
    I called in and she text me ALL weekend harassing me. The weekend nurse quit recently and moms paranoid. She was asking me, you quit too? Cuz i never responded. So stressful!
    Another concern Is mom dispenses all meds for the week in a daily med box. Throws all pill bottles in trash. Unacceptable to me! Needless to say I will not be returning.... Job search is on :/
    My question is why is she texting you? My company has a strict policy about not giving patients our home/cell numbers, but we do have each other nurse's numbers that work with that client. That, and I don't feel comfortable giving out my numbers to clients. Its bad enough our licenses are public record, and if a client is unhappy with care it is easy for them to find you. I would think that the mom would take a hint, with staff quitting, if she made that comment to you, too.

    I was orienting one case, and had a question about my scope of practice about nasopharangeal sx to the RN orienting me. (It was a question.....Can I, as an LPN, do nasopharangeal sx?) The RN orienting me told the mom that I couldn't do sx, and the mom calls the company and tells them that she doesn't want me to come back, she said "The doctor wants an RN." I asked the case manager who told the mom that, and she said "Oh, it was _____," (the nurse orienting me) and I said, "Oh, well I guess its not ok to ask questions on orientation, since everything is going to be reported back to the mom, so I won't be working any more for you." (I didn't even get a chance to research the answer to my question before they were telling me not to go back!)

    The agency I worked pool for also does HHC, so I switched back to them to do HHC and I am so much happier.

    Good luck in your search, its tough out there!
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    Quote from lvn2bsoon
    My question is why is she texting you? My company has a strict policy about not giving patients our home/cell numbers...
    Agreed with your whole post about giving out your number. Never, ever give your number out to families. All the companies I have worked for have a strict policy about it, but I wouldn't do it even if they didn't. You can always tell them if they need to reach you do do so through your company.
    JustBeachyNurse likes this.
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    talk to your agency that is ridiculous


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