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Can you squeeze all your patients in M/W/F?

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by Avill Avill, BSN (Member)

Avill has 4 years experience as a BSN and specializes in School Nursing, Home Health.

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Hi all, 

So I have an interview on Tuesday with an agency that is about an hour away. They said they don't require me to do all my documentation in office so I could do that at home but I'm just thinking on how to reduce the wear and tear on my car if I'm going to drive that far. 

Do any of you squeeze your weekly patients in three days? Is that even feasible? 3 in home visit days and 2 documentation days?

Thanks!

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Kaisu has 2 years experience.

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I did that for about 8 months.  I did visits 3 days a week because I had to drive an hour to begin my visits.  I still put on about 700 miles a week and it was exhausting.  The visit days would add up to about 12 hours a day, but most of my documentation was done.  It worked well.

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What would ur plan be if u had a patient that had to be seen on an alternate day if they will not cover it for you? 

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Kaisu has 2 years experience.

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In that 8 month period I probably did a half dozen "unscheduled" runs into that town.  I had amazing support from LPNs.  Great team work was critical for it to work.

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Avill has 4 years experience as a BSN and specializes in School Nursing, Home Health.

3 Articles; 6,925 Visitors; 295 Posts

Guys! I ended up not going for an interview because of that question you presented and because I wouldn't be able to do on-call . 

I have an interview with an agency in town tomorrow, they pay per visit for a full time nurse which Im curious on how it works, 

 

Thank you for replying !

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Kaisu has 2 years experience.

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Home health PPV can be very lucrative.  In the beginning, when it takes you 3 hours to document an OASIS admission, it is not practical.  A good agency would give you an hourly rate as you learn the ropes, then allow you to transition to PPV when you are proficient.  At 4 months in, I would have made substantially more on a PPV than hourly, but I was moving into Hospice and thus did not make the switch.  One of our home health nurses who is extremely good at her job makes over 6 figures on PPV.

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