Quote from wendy30
But wouldn't HHC and private duty carry the same issues as far as no orientation and lack of experience?
They do have those same issues. But there's still a few agencies that will take on new grads for HHC/PD, and more than a few new grads desparate enough to do it.
Now, just because they will take on a new grad doesn't mean it's a good idea for the new grad to do it.
You need to be able to function independently. And you'll need to become independent fast: there's no cushy learning cuirve. You need well-tuned assessment skills and be able to critically think. There's no safety net down the hall should a patient go south, no preceptor/colleague that you can wander over to for a second opinion or some feedback. Yes, you can call them, but you have to hope someone's on the other end of the line to pick up the phone when you dial.
IMO, I wouldn't recommend HH/PD until you have at least a couple of years' experience under your best. And definitely do not do it without malpractice insurance
because--God forbid--something happen to your patient, you will be the one held accountable.