palmbeachRN 1,682 Views
Joined Jun 26, '12.
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Nope, I am new to home health! Been in the acute care setting and am familiar with EPIC and Cerner!
Looking to give home health a try! I have been in the hospital setting for almost three years. I'm coming off of a travel assignment and ready to try something new. Moving to the St. Petersburg, FL area and notice there are tons of agencies. Anyone familiar with any or have any feedback in what to look for in an agency? Any input would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
Basically they get a call from staffing saying they are cancelled, they refuse to be cancelled and come to work anyways. They cannot take patients, however can do vitals, accuchecks, transport, etc. The hospital says the census is too low for another nurse, but union doesn't let them get cancelled. Not sure how it works here, but at my old hospital you would request to float based on needs or use your PTO and enjoy your day off. Trying to stay neutral with this post haha.
Rnwhit07.... Trying to write you back but your inbox is full!
I'm actually looking to get into the pool at Baycare.. In Cali now on a travel assignment but would love to do local!!! I hear Baycare is the way to go... Anyone else hear this?
Letsgosavelives and I work together at Oakland i enjoy it, of course we float a lot. That's what you do as a traveller. Be flexible! I have had an overall positive experience here.
I float between floors 6-9. It sucks because sometimes we float mid-shift. However, I'm a tele nurse and only get 4 pts, sometimes 5 if I float to med surg. Sometimes, it really sucks floating. The last 4 hours are very quick! There are almost always extra RNs around... Break relief nurses and "no cancel" nurses who basically have refused to be cancelled and come in to no assignment and do vitals and help with miscellaneous things. For the most part I've found this combination of things to be very positive! You have to come in with the attitude that you are there to fill staffing needs and be flexible. A lot of people complain, but I have been treated pretty well here, and would probably stay if I could!
I LOVE Oakland Kaiser... about half way through my assignment now and it has been mostly a positive experience.
NedRN - Im starting at Oakland Kaiser in less than a month, so I'm glad to hear that! I've heard mixed things about all Kaisers!
Thanks EVERYONE for the helpful information! I'm in my early 20s, I have been a nurse for two years (tele) and 89% of the ways we treat patients, I disagree with. When I first started nursing, I looked down on alternative medicine as "phony". Then, as I saw what people are doing to themselves by just popping pills and living an unhealthy lifestyle, I realized that something has to change. So many people are dependent on meds and they don't realize it. I have healed myself with TONS of research and blown my doctor's mind with how I got off of meds and healed ulcers naturally after being on EVERY SINGLE antacid medication for years. Granted, it took a lot of trial and error, but it worked with nutrition, herbal remedies, and relaxation/meditation. I would love to share this information with others and learn more. I will be looking at getting certifications through AHNA. Also, I like the ULAN systems! Thanks so much everyone. Can't wait to see where my career takes me!
I am a staff nurse in South Florida and there was a man that came here as a traveller. I think he said his contract was for 8 weeks only. He said he was with Nightingale, and was extremely upset because he drove from Virginia, or somewhere in that area, to South Florida, only to realize that he lost the job when he was 2 hours away from his destination. Then, they somehow fixed that flub-up, and when he went to his housing place, there was some kind of issue and he had no place to stay. Also mentioned about not getting paid. Staaaayyy awwaaayyy!
It's crazy how one thing can open many new doors. It is very good that you have a positive attitude and continue to look for the next open door. I truly believe there are reasons for everything, as crazy as they may seem and as hard as they may be to find. Keep it up, and always look forward!
Thanks, SCRN! Sounds like you were quite loaded down. Can't wait to make the trek :-) Leaving Nov 1, so hopefully rates will go down! The space bags sound like a great idea, I hadn't thought of that! Thanks!
There are tons of jobs in cali.. It took me a while (6 months) because I was picky about location and San Fran area is seasonal, but I just got my first travel job in Oakland. I have 2 years tele experience. You will get one, just be persistent. If you don't already have your license, apply early, it takes forever.
Thanks for the advice! Will definitely check out pantravelers. [COLOR=#003366]PMKNSE - don't worry about pre-employment testing.. it wasn't a big deal at all, don't let it stop you. I am not sure what the other test you're refering to is, never heard of it! Sage, that's a great idea! And it will be more organized. Baglady - We are giving ourselves about 9 days to get there, I really don't think it will take that long, but we have plenty of time! And I took the stipend and got a furnished place on my own, so I guess I'll have to see when I get there! Landlord says she's had many travel RNs there before, so hopefully it's equipped! Thanks for the siteseeing tips :-)
Kelly - awesome I'm coming from West Palm area, so should be similar... don't really want to stop too many places, just maybe Houston, grand canyon, carlsbad caverns. Can't wait! Good to hear that other people have recently done it!
Thanks Gleegum for the food tips! Im pretty impatient in the car.. I don't like to make many stops, even for food haha. It will be interesting to see how much I can simplify my stuff... I'm only bring dog, bike, and clothes! Thanks all!
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