I currently work in home health and am thinking of making a change. I had considered wound care and even going back to acute care (temporary bout of insanity on my part!), but neither really hold an appeal to me now, especially not acute care. I really like educating my patients and the one-on-one interaction I get to have with them, but I'm getting really tired of doing hours of paperwork at home, after having seen my patients and also getting wary of constantly having to drive into bad neighborhoods alone. I also hate the amount of paperwork involved in home health. I mean, it is really ridiculous!
Other than that, I actually do enjoy the work, and I thought public health nursing might be a good option. From what I understand, it seems to entail a lot of patient education and preventative care, both of which pique my interest, but not as much crazy paperwork and charting on your own time? Am I right?
But it also sounds like some phn's go to people's homes, and that is where I get confused. I do see the major differences between home health and phn, but are there any phn's out there who can elaborate, especially on the home visits? Do you have to spend hours charting after seeing your patients? How much travel time exactly is there in ph nursing? I'd like to kind of steer away from traveling so much as well...