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Takealeaf Takealeaf (New) New Nurse

Specializes in Home health. Has 6 years experience.

I just took a home health position and I’m a little worried. During the hiring process they give you a list of clients that you can choose from. I chose one close to where I live. Now I’m finding out that the family has a reputation for saying/doing things to get the nurse in trouble. And not just small things. Big accusations about drug use and so on. Would you try to switch cases or how would you handle it?

Takealeaf

Specializes in Home health. Has 6 years experience.

For example: the last nurse was fired and an investigation was open for “smelling like beer”.

Very simple, ask for a new case. If the agency is reluctant, better resume your job search. Rest assured that list includes, if not entirely consists of, the cases other nurses won’t work.

Takealeaf

Specializes in Home health. Has 6 years experience.

13 hours ago, caliotter3 said:

Very simple, ask for a new case. If the agency is reluctant, better resume your job search. Rest assured that list includes, if not entirely consists of, the cases other nurses won’t work.

Thank you! I didn’t want to seem hard to get along with, just starting there. But it worries me

amoLucia

Specializes in LTC.

On ‎8‎/‎4‎/‎2020 at 9:15 AM, caliotter3 said:

Very simple, ask for a new case. If the agency is reluctant, better resume your job search. Rest assured that list includes, if not entirely consists of, the cases other nurses won’t work.

This is most prob TRUE. Home care pts and their families are a rare breed - as you can read from the postings here.

You can man up to the agency and voice your concerns about the family. Consider what they tell you, but go with your gut. If you're seeing 'red flags' already, that's worrisome.

Personally, I have a BIG concern that they would give you private pt information DURING THE INTERVIEW PROCESS. Isn't that a HIPAA violation??? I've NEVER heard of that before during the interview process - after hiring, yes, but when interviewing?!?

JMO

Back in the days before HIPAA was so widely discussed, I vaguely remember a DPCS, when interviewing me, telling me she had a case which she could not staff that was all she could offer me. But basically all she said during the interview was that it was far away. No more specific than that. Other than that, all case openings were discussed after the onboarding paperwork and any general orientation was complete.