Latest Comments by emptyboxcars

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    Which home health agencies serve patients with lower acuity levels? Just curious.

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    I have been working in the hospital for a year now. I am ready for a quieter position with less hours so that I can focus more time on my family. I have seen some listings for Nurse Assessors. This sounds like a low-stress position, but I have some concerns over the demand for this type of nurse. If I were to be laid off, how easily can I find another position as an Assessor? Becoming an Assessor will severely decrease my breadth of experience, which I'm okay with doing as long as it isn't going to affect my ability to keep a job. Any thoughts?

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    I have been in acute rehab for a year. I love teaching my patients, but don't love the constant juggling of patients and the constant re-prioritizing of care that goes with it. I have always thought I would like home health for these reasons, but unsure if a year's experience will be enough. I'm sure there's some variation, but typically what kind of care do you provide to adult patients as their home health nurse? If the paperwork is as bad as people say, as a Prn rn, can I opt for one or two patients per week and still have a life outside work? I guess what I'm asking is, on average, about how much time does paperwork take per patient...I've got a family and intend for a position that will supplement my husband's income. Thanks.

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    What kind of patients are you taking care of? What is their level of care? I'm asking because I've been a nurse for about a year and thinking about working in home health, but not sure if I'll feel the same way as you.

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    I'm a newer nurse and am wondering about what areas of nursing focus on patient teaching. That is one of my favorite parts of my job, I just wish I could do more of it! I would be so happy doing that all day!

    I am interested in home health for this reason, but not entirely sure if it focuses on teaching in actuality. I've also thought about being a diabetes educator. What kind of companies hire these positions? Community health agencies? Any insight on the best areas of nursing for someone who loves to teach patients self-care skills? Thanks!

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    Anyone have any further tips? I'm going to be testing for this soon myself.....little nervous about it. I need all the tips I can get! Thanks!

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    I know this is an older post, but I will be taking a physical assessment/lift test soon. I must pass in order to be hired. I must show I can lift 50 lbs without showing it's causing me difficulty. Does anyone have any tips on how to pass this test? I remember the basic body mechanics, but any tips on this, too? Thanks.

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    I have been offered a position at a rehab facility pending a passing grade on a lift test/physical assessment test. I have to show that I can lift 50 lbs. without looking like I am struggling. Does anyone have any tips for taking this test? Thanks in advance!

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    I will be starting on an acute floor and would love to hear from those who work in this area. Seems like certain areas tend to be well-loved, often hated, etc. Just curious to hear from you all about whether you love it, hate it, or feel indifferent about it. And can you tell me why you feel the way you do?

    Just wanted to ensure this isn't one of those areas people are just dying to get out of because they work you like a dog. Is the workload tolerable or do you find yourself overly stressed? My ratio would be 1:6-8 on nights. I'm not one of those who thrives on craziness. While I can manage a busy environment, I prefer an area that isn't filled with constant urgent activity the entire shift (it stresses me out way too much). I experienced that on med-surg with a 1:4-5 patient ratio. Ideally, I'd like to avoid that.....I really liked ICU/NICU, but as a new grad I can't be picky. Thanks.

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    I am a new grad who will be starting at a rehabilitation facility that deals with a lot of acute patients (and some subacute). I will be working nights with an average load of 6-8 patients.

    I am interested to hear how you would compare this to a med-surg unit on the day shift with a 1:4-5 ratio, which I have worked in the past during clinical.

    I am concerned about the lifting, of course. I'm also concerned about how busy the floor will be for me. Ideally, I do not prefer floors that are non-stop craziness (like I experienced while working med-surg on days). While I did all right keeping up with the work, it really wore me out physically, mentally, and emotionally.

    Any insight from those who have worked in a similar setting (acute setting with 1:6-8 ratio) would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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    Not to sabotage your thread, because I think it's a great one, but can the OP tell me what it's like working as a night nurse doing rehab? I am a new grad who will be starting on a sub-acute rehab floor soon (doing nights) with the same patient numbers you mentioned in your original post. To me, 6-8 patients, some of whom are sub-acute (vents, chemo etc) sounds like a lot of work as a night nurse....am I wrong?

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    I will be starting a position on a pediatric psych floor. Can anyone recommend any books to read, offer any advice/tips, etc. for working in this area? I am very excited, but would like to study up as much as I can before I hit the floor. Thanks.

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    Thanks for the feedback. I am focusing my job searches on part time (less then 12 hr shifts) and casual. However, I still struggle with wondering if this will be too much. I am encouraged by some of your stories. So no one finds themselves regretting working part time/casual? You find that this is a good balance?

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    I have been a stay at home mom for awhile now. However, I spent the last few years in school to be a nurse. I've finished my degree and am in the process of finding a job as an RN. BUT, having a strong desire to be a big presence in my kids' lives coupled with one of my children having developed some behavioral issues this past year, I'm now wondering how to mesh being a nurse and mother.

    If I had years of nursing under my belt, I'd jump in as a home health nurse where I can set my own hours....or perhaps a school nurse. But this is not the case.

    I find myself wondering if I should chuck it all and just go work at a preschool so that I can have the summers and holidays off to be with my kids. The last several years were rough on our family with me spending so much time and energy toward school and physically/mentally away from my kids. I was not the best mother during this time and I'm paying for it to varying degrees now. It was difficult handling the stress of nursing school as a family, and I'm not sure handling the stress of a nursing job will be any different.

    I know no one can tell me what to do, but I'm wondering if I could get some opinions on how you feel about working as a nurse and having a family. I've talked to nursing friends who really struggle with wishing they could spend more time with their kids. I have never been one of those gals who wants a career and children. A big part of the reason I went to school was for finances. That is BY NO means the only reason. I have a strong heart to help others as well. But, I find myself feeling like I have to choose between helping my own kids and helping others, mainly because of my one child who has developed some issues over this past year.

    Anyone been in my shoes? If you could change things in your own life, would you do anything differently?


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