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Loved my first week as a private duty nurse!

  1. 4 :d[font=fixedsys] i have to let it be known, i loved my first week as a private duty nurse!

    after only one day of training, i had my routine down and could not belive how well it went. i had had time to sit and talk with my pt, make him laugh, talk more than he has in the past 2 months!

    i also got to teach mom a few things about pt's g tube, how to keep his rick of gi distress down!

    i will be working with this pt and family 3 evenings a week for 6 hours each night.

    i get to be home with my family every night and not have to leave when they get to go to sleep!

    i do believe i have found my calling, after 5 years on a very busy med/surge floor, it feels sooooooo great not to have to rush, listen to co-workers, i can actually leave work on time!!

    wow, i just can't get over how well it is going and just wanted to share my with all nurses!
  2. Visit  Lorie P. profile page

    About Lorie P.

    From 'In the palm trees on the beach!'; Joined Jan '06; Posts: 769; Likes: 459.

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  3. Visit  kwagner_51 profile page
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    I told my dh and kids that HH et private duty are the BEST kept secrets in nursing!!

    I have been doing private duty for almost a year now.

    I LOVE it and am not looking for anythin else!!
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  4. Visit  caliotter3 profile page
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    Glad to hear that you are enjoying your new position and hope you continue to have positive experiences. Assume that you are with the Maxim office you asked about in another thread and that you are finding them easy to work with. Yes, working in the home is nursing's best kept secret!
  5. Visit  Lorie P. profile page
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    Yep working with Maxim and so far so good, it has only been 2 weeks but no problems what so ever. Yet i know that could change at any time:chuckle
  6. Visit  NurSpeak profile page
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    This sounds like advertising to me.
  7. Visit  ArwenEvenstar profile page
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    Quote from NurSpeak
    This sounds like advertising to me.
    Advertising? I don't think mentioning an agency by name is necessarily advertising. People are just sharing their particular experiences. Someone considering working for a certain agency may find the various opinions helpful. There is one agency I would never work for because I have heard so many negatives about them, both in on-line forums and from local nurses that I know. So I appreciate some of the posts where people openly share both good and bad experiences with agencies...
    adreamdeferred, fkpecina, and Lorie P. like this.
  8. Visit  iwanna profile page
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    I appreciate it, too! I am going to orientation next Tuesday. It is a Maxim Agency. I have five years experience in Behavioral Health and no med-surg experience. I did just complete a refresher course. I will not take any cases that I feel uncomfortable with. I am confident with my assessment skills. But, I wil check out cases, and hope they have a good fit for me. And, I have no clue what the pay is yet. We did not discuss that yet. Any clues as to what the rate would be for PD in Northeast Ohio area?
  9. Visit  Lorie P. profile page
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    :d not so sure about pay in ohio, also pay depends on the client dx.

    no i am not advertising, just stating that after 5 rough years on a busy med-surge floor it is so wonderful to have a job i really enjoy and just wanted others to know this!


    as far as skills, they did have classes and inservices for areas that you are not comfortable with.

    good luck!

    thanks to all!
  10. Visit  Lorie P. profile page
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    Quote from arwenevenstar
    advertising? i don't think mentioning an agency by name is necessarily advertising. people are just sharing their particular experiences. someone considering working for a certain agency may find the various opinions helpful. there is one agency i would never work for because i have heard so many negatives about them, both in on-line forums and from local nurses that i know.
    i had this same experience and so glad i didn't go with another one too!

    so i appreciate some of the posts where people openly share both good and bad experiences with agencies...
    thanks so much, it is nice to hear positive things for a change!


    i am not advertising, just expressing how great it is to work with someone who appreciates me for a change!

    thanks so much arwenevenstar! glad to have you here as a cyber friend!
  11. Visit  ChristineN profile page
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    Glad to hear you're having a great experience. I've been doing private duty home health for about a month in addition to my hospital job. It's nice to have a job that I know when I get off, I'm not going to be all wiped out and exhausted. Plus, I'm learning alot more about G-tubes.
    Not_A_Hat_Person likes this.
  12. Visit  ArwenEvenstar profile page
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    Quote from iwanna
    I appreciate it, too! I am going to orientation next Tuesday. It is a Maxim Agency. I have five years experience in Behavioral Health and no med-surg experience. I did just complete a refresher course. I will not take any cases that I feel uncomfortable with. I am confident with my assessment skills. But, I wil check out cases, and hope they have a good fit for me. And, I have no clue what the pay is yet. We did not discuss that yet. Any clues as to what the rate would be for PD in Northeast Ohio area?
    For RN's, typical PD pay would be $18 to $22/hour depending on where in the country you are located. I make right in the middle. Yes, it is a major paycut from the hospital but as a burned out hospital nurse I had had it. It is nice to have only one patient! Although there are some unique stressors to PD, it is totally different than the hospital! A refreshing change! I could never work in a hospital again - I ran from the bedside screaming! haha! I have worked through two agencies now. First was a "mom and pop" place that was bought out by a national company. Now I work for Maxim. I can say both good and bad about Maxim. There is no perfect place to work...
  13. Visit  Lorie P. profile page
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    right now my pay as a lpn is 19.00 hr, almost 2x what i got paid on a busy med/surge floor with 6-9 pts. in the hospital setting less pay more work and pts, pdn more pay, less work and only one pt, so now you can understand why i chose this route.:d

    i was getting very burned out at the hospital after 5 years of nights and so many pts. was hating to go to work, was mad all the time, cause i was trying my best to provide the best care to my pts was unable due to a number of factors, staffing, sicker pts, etc, etc, etc.

    i agree, maxim has it good and bads just like any other job. but my health and sanity are so much better now. also i get to set my hours and days i work.

    like now, i am working but my pt is still sleeping with mom and dad behind closed doors. i never know what time she wakes up, some days 8:30 am and other days 1300, depends on the night she had. now if i were at the hospital right now, no way i could be on my laptop .:typing
    so this is soooooooo much better and i get to retain my skills and work with out all the other crap !
    tamara77 likes this.
  14. Visit  iwanna profile page
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    Wow, I would be estatic if I could make $19 hr. I am an LPN, and my part of the world is the lower paying side. I live on the PA/OH border. When I interviewed for LTC in PA the pay rate was $13 starting. In OH, I think LTC starts about $15-16 an hr. The hospital is $14 hr. So, my guesstimate would be about $12-14 with Maxim.


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