I have done mostly Home Health ( short visits ) and nursing home work and have taken a new job with a company that provides pediatric home nurses. I will have two homes, a 12 year old girl with Rett's and a 2 year old girl with downs. One is a 10 hour day, the other a 6 hour day. Mom will most likely be home, but one is preg. and will soon be busy, the other also has other kids. Any advice for my first few shifts?? I know it will take awhile to get comfortable with the family, but what are some things I can do to help? What are some things you have found helpful to bring with you? What do you bring for lunch/snacks? We have to chart something every hour - is this normal? Thanks!!
Yes, be careful with some of the families because they WILL try to take advantage.....give them an inch & they will take take take.....and some of them can be really nasty, and treat you like a second class servant.....Sometimes if you do things above & beyond, and out of kindness & courtesy for your patient, the family will get it in their heads that ALL the nurses should be doing the exact same things.....and when you try to explain things such as what they are expected to be doing as the family with the patient that is not your responsibility they will get nasty......it will drain you believe me. They will try to pull the old " we were never told that" routine...so beware! I have worked for many families and have only dealt with one family who has just worn me down to the point that I feel like an abused whipping post...everything explained is challenged with " I want proof" etc etc etc......I think they are angry because sometimes shifts just aren't able to be filled, and they ( the family) somehow think they are "guaranteed" coverage, which when they signed their admission papers it clearly states the company does not guarantee coverage every shift BUT will do their best to fill shifts. Yeah it's really ridiculous how they think this...then treat the nurses like garbage because they are mad at the agency.......like a kid throwing a temper tantrum...... You'll see, you WILL have a family like that at some point.....It really makes you want to say " why did I ever become a nurse".......lol...... Good luck! When you get in with a great case you will love it....most nurses end up staying for a very long time when they find a good case & the family is great......
Last edit by nursearoo on Feb 8, '13