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  1. Typical day for a Home Health nurse...
    One of the GREAT benefits of HH is more autonomy over your schedule. Sometimes I'm still working late at night on my charting but I genuinely love every minute of HH. (And sometimes I'm taking a long...
    Dec 18
    Forum: Home Health Nursing
  2. Interview questions
    I'd save some of your questions for after their initial job offer to you. Questions that win you the job focus on THEIR needs: 1. What skills do you look for in your nurses? (Their answer is a...
    Dec 18
    Forum: Home Health Nursing
  3. Favorite patients...
    I'm paranoid about giving away too much personal information but a respectful salute to all my 90-something patients who are active, friendly, intelligent, wise, and just plain fun to be around....
    Dec 18
    Forum: Home Health Nursing
  4. When to have the patient sign consent
    Paper first. We have consents bound into a book with safety information, contact information, fall risk reduction, all kinds of useful things, so it's very natural to make this the foundation of our...
    Dec 18
    Forum: Home Health Nursing
  5. Offered a job in HH
    This roughly matches our company's pay schedule, and I find it just fine. We have clunky software and only manage about 5 visits per day, so much less income. In our part of the world? Plenty of...
    Dec 18
    Forum: Home Health Nursing
  6. Thinking of joining the HH crew (;
    Accept the M/S job, and if you get a better offer from the HH company in the same time frame, give respectful notice to the M/S job. It's a business negotiation and it's okay to jump ship for the...
    Dec 18
    Forum: Home Health Nursing
  7. Who gets visits once a week?
    We accept private pay patients, too, so in addition to regular patients I have a few private patients who get once a week or biweekly med fills, weekly lab draw, etc. that Medicare won't cover. I...
    Dec 18
    Forum: Home Health Nursing
  8. ba to bsn
    It's much shorter, isn't it? This is what I did, and it made me an RN in 24 months. It could have been 18 but I elected the traditional path in order to work at a paid internship for one summer...
    Oct 29
    Forum: Registered Nurses: Diploma / ADN / BSN
  9. What's your go to outfit after work?
    Eileen Fisher. It's as comfortable as sweats while making me feel as if I'm a stylin' granny. And I'm old and can afford it. Well--I can afford it when it's on clearance or eBay or in the...
    Oct 29
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. Goodbye...
    I pretty much only check out AN when I'm procrastinating on projects, but I always looked for your posts. Happy nursing, and best wishes. Benedina
    Sep 28
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  11. Mileage question--is this the norm??
    I think it's your hourly wage that makes the problem, personally. I'm paid per visit--roughly 150% of what you're paid per hour--and that visit time is meant to include travel time, charting time,...
    Jun 8
    Forum: Home Health Nursing
  12. Grammar Police
    Bucky Badger RN took exception to my suggestion that older parents will be pleased to hear from their kids, text speak and all, and wrote: "When will that day come, just so I'm prepared. I'm in...
    Jun 2
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism
  13. Grammar Police
    Some of our phones are still not text friendly. I care passionately about language; my first career was in publishing. But I have a work-issued phone that requires you to punch the 7 button 4...
    May 31
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism
  14. No!  It is NOT OK.
    I'd like to second the excellent post of SNurseKylam. Giving limited choices is appropriate for children, which our patients are not. (Unless they are, of course. If you're a peds nurse, that's a...
    May 24
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  15. HH- Do you work weekends and holidays?
    My kiddles are grown, so I sign up for holidays often--I'd like the younger nurses to have that time with their kids, and the older nurses to have that time with their families! We generally only do...
    Dec 18, '13
    Forum: Home Health Nursing
  16. Multiple jobs
    I worked at my first career for more than 20 years. I enjoy still doing a few freelance assignments in it every now and then. Like the extra money, too. Dina
    Nov 24, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. Catholic hospitals grow, and with them questions of providing care
    In addition to elkpark's list, I'll note a few other religions that generally provide some room for pro-choice ethics. http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/islamethics/abortion_1.shtml ...
    Oct 21, '13
    Forum: Nursing News
  18. Kicked out of class for a "HIPAA" violation?
    Telling the OP that it has nothing to do with HIPAA when her school IS telling her it is concerned with HIPAA strikes me as unhelpful. Telling the OP that she did, in fact, commit a HIPAA...
    Oct 21, '13
    Forum: HIPAA and Nursing Challenges
  19. job market for PMHNPs in CO
    Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner but I still can't help, OP, except to say that for all jobs in Colorado the rule of thumb is secure your job before you move here. We all take a 10-15K...
    Oct 14, '13
    Forum: Colorado Nursing
  20. Organizing your car
    This plastic file box, with plastic 2-pocket folders for each client and plastic files for other forms, patient education materials, clinical info, etc. (Plastic folders are also my working surface...
    Sep 30, '13
    Forum: Home Health Nursing
  21. Buy or Rent Nursing Textbooks
    I bought the ones I wanted, such as my med-surg book, my pharm book, and my clinical diagnostics book, all of which I still use. I borrowed the rest from the library. (In grad school, too.) If I...
    Jul 23, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  22. Other nurse moms how am i going to do this? My heart hurts!
    I'll be the contrarian, here. Many years ago I was offered (first career, publishing) a plum editorial job that would require a daily 60-mile one way commute. I already had decent, salaried work that...
    Jul 13, '13
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  23. Patient Education in Nursing Care
    An essential preparation for any patient education, including the excellent talking points of AHRQ's clinician summaries, is awareness of your patient's/family's health literacy and effective tools...
    Jul 11, '13
    Forum: Patient Education
  24. computer charting is killing my career
    I create a Word document on my laptop for each patient. In the home, I open the software chart and use it to fill in vital signs and physical exam directly. Anything extra, I write notes into the...
    Jun 19, '13
    Forum: Home Health Nursing
  25. Taking NCLEX - RN tomorrow...
    Congratulations, Nurse Sand Dollar!!! Makes it all worthwhile, yes? Best wishes, Dina
    Jun 18, '13
    Forum: NCLEX Discussion Forum


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