I'm interested in taking a per diem home care position to get the feel of it because I don't think I've quite found my niche yet... I like what I hear from people on this website, but I wanted to ask my fellow MA nurses... ( FYI I'm an LPN in southeastern MA with almost 3yrs exp in both primary care and substance abuse)
What's the pay like? Are there agencies that I should avoid- any good ones in particular that you'd recommend?? Is it true that it's just you, your car, your computer, and a few meetings every so often?? How about case load- do you get any choice in the matter of what type of clients you see? Actually, any information at all, or links to places where I can find it would be GREAT. Haha...
Thanks in advance for any advice
I live on Cape Cod and know about a few local agencies. The VNA doesn't pay, but, they have great education. It might be good to start with if you are new to home care. They offerred me $24/hour as an RN with 10 years experience. Gentiva pays around $30/revisit and $45/admission for an RN, but, their systems are antiquated and they don't monitor their staff well. In other words, they are on paper and have some terrible nurses working for them.
I usually go into the office once a week for meetings and to drop off paperwork, otherwise, I start the day from home and end it when I want. If I have a doctor's appointment, I just rearrange my visits around it that day. The flexibility with home care is bar-none, expecially if you have little ones at home. As long as the required number of patients are seen that day, everyone is happy. For an 8 hour day, 5-6 visits is usually asked of you on the Cape. If you work per visit, you can do as many as you'd like.
I now make $32/hour plus on-call pay. I take home little over $1500/week for 40 hours. Not bad when you figure I spend about 30 hours on the road and the rest at home with my computer.
Hope this helps! Anything else you need to know, just ask.
Last edit by imelissa1 on Jan 21, '11