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- Oct 4, '10 by fkpecinaI know and understand that I should have been a bit more vocal in the hiring process. I should've asked more questions before accepting the position (which was never really "offered" ) I just feel that if I knew that I wasn't going to stick around long, and mom was really looking for a permanent nurse, then leaving when I did and allowing the agency to find someone who was/is going to be that nurse was the best thing to do. The patient wasn't going to be without a nurse. The nurse I was precepting was actually the nurse who's shift I was going to take over, she just didn't know it yet. (this told to me by DON at interview) Apparently mom was unhappy with her or something. But she was there, and the weekend nurse was there. I was an extra body for a few days.
In my opinion, it wouldn't have been fair to mom for me to stick around for a while until another opportunity came, then leaving her, and the agency, looking for someone else. I don't know, maybe Im wrong, but I acted on what I believed was the right thing to do.
I interviewed with PSA and I'm really excited for it! I know what i'm walking into this time. I know as a nurse I'm going to face many, many, maaaaaaany difficult situations and i just need to learn how to handle them in a better manner. I love nursing, i always have. I plan on learning from this experience and making myself a better nurse out of it.
- Oct 5, '10 by nursel56I'm not critical of that choice at all. I've been lucky to have the same patient for most of the hours I work. That means I'm rarely asked to be a last minute fill-in. Some nurses just roll with that and don't mind it. You're right that most patients/families don't want to take the time to orient for just a day or two of work with them. I like getting to know my patient over a longer period of time, too. Best of luck to you!!
- Oct 5, '10 by tothepointeLVNOk start a new leaf with your new job. You've gotten a taste of what it's going to be like the second case will be a lot of easier than the first.
But there's always going to be a level of dysfunction and your never going to have enough info going into a case. The schedulers just want you to take the assignments and you'll be told the patient has "some" wound care = multiple and complicated dressing changes or the family is bilingual = PCG speaks no english and will translate through a 8 year old.
The trade off is that's it's not fast paced you do have some breathing room.
- Nov 19, '10 by CloudySueI know this is an old thread, but I feel that the agency had no business hiring a new grad at all. Fkpecina was set up for failure before she even entered the home. The client was greatly disserviced and should find a new company. I worked in LTC when I started and it took me about 8 FT weeks to feel like I sort of knew what was going on. I recently started HHC and if it wasn't for my time in LTC I would have been absolutely lost. Even the paperwork, from reading the MAR to understanding how to process doctors' orders, takes time to learn. I was able to recognize everything on my first shift and even know that I was supposed to refuse to increase a dose as per the mother's demand. Fkpecina was so overwhelmed by the process that she didn't even recognize when she should have asked questions, so I'm sure she would't have recognized other red flags like that.
- Nov 19, '10 by tothepointeLVNYes but unfortunately the reality is HH is one of the few places now that WILL hire new grad. I started in pediatric home health and didn't have an orientation with a nurse. My pt had contractures to the point where she would snap crackle pop and I spend most of the first shift thinking I had accidently broken her neck.
Would I have preferred to start in an LTC sure was it possible no.
- Feb 17, '11 by MothertomykidI have an interview with Tryus healthcare services next week. They are in New Jersey. I've heard from a couple of my friends who work for them that they pay well and treat their nurses really well. Is there anyone who can give me some advice on them?
- Feb 17, '11 by caliotter3Quote from MothertomykidWelcome to the site. You might want to start a separate thread about this topic so that it will be noticed.I have an interview with Tryus healthcare services next week. They are in New Jersey. I've heard from a couple of my friends who work for them that they pay well and treat their nurses really well. Is there anyone who can give me some advice on them?
- Feb 17, '11 by Mothertomykidthanks