Are new grad RNs able to get a job in home health ?

  1. I was wondering if new grads RNs who have an ADN likely to get hired in home health ? . For example : if a nursed worked in home health for a year or two would that count as enough experience for he / she to work in a hospital ?.
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  3. by   Sour Lemon
    Home health is a possibility for a new grad, but it wouldn't be the best start for someone hoping to transition to acute care. After a few years, you would no longer qualify for new grad positions, but you'd lack the hospital experience required by many hospitals for a staff nurse position.
  4. by   Wannabenurseneko
    Quote from Sour Lemon
    Home health is a possibility for a new grad, but it wouldn't be the best start for someone hoping to transition to acute care. After a few years, you would no longer qualify for new grad positions, but you'd lack the hospital experience required by many hospitals for a staff nurse position.
    Where should I go to gain experience for acute care in the hospital ?. Something tells me I should change the title of the question I wrote .
  5. by   Sour Lemon
    Quote from Wannabenurseneko
    Where should I go to gain experience for acute care in the hospital ?. Something tells me I should change the title of the question I wrote .
    If you want acute care, it's ideal to start in acute care.
  6. by   caliotter3
    The title is confusing, actually asking two questions. Yes, new grads can get a job in hh, but it is not the norm. And yes, new grads can get a job in acute care, more the norm than in hh, but difficult nevertheless. What you seem to be asking in the body of your post is if new grads can get a job in acute care based upon experience gained from working initially in hh. Generally, they probably would have a better chance than someone straight out of school with no experience. But hh experience, in and of itself, is not that great a predictor of hireability in the acute care arena. The best way to get a job in acute care is to have extensive previous experience in those acute care specialties found in a hospital, not a component of the new grad experience basket. HTH
  7. by   Wannabenurseneko
    Quote from caliotter3
    The title is confusing, actually asking two questions. Yes, new grads can get a job in hh, but it is not the norm. And yes, new grads can get a job in acute care, more the norm than in hh, but difficult nevertheless. What you seem to be asking in the body of your post is if new grads can get a job in acute care based upon experience gained from working initially in hh. Generally, they probably would have a better chance than someone straight out of school with no experience. But hh experience, in and of itself, is not that great a predictor of hireability in the acute care arena. The best way to get a job in acute care is to have extensive previous experience in those acute care specialties found in a hospital, not a component of the new grad experience basket. HTH
    Sorry for the confusion , I had just that first question in mind just about Home health care then ;I started wondering about acute care and started asking about that . I am very sorry for the confusion I want to work in both acute care and home heath ,but I want to do home health first for some experience then do acute care later but I should have made a separate question for acute care .
  8. by   caliotter3
    Home health employment, especially the intermittent visit type, usually requires acute care experience for one to be hired. Best to start your efforts with trying to get an acute care position. Have you ever heard the advice that one should get a year or two of med-surg experience as their first step in nursing? This is what gets people hired in most specialties after the first job, talking of course, in generalities.
  9. by   Wannabenurseneko
    Quote from caliotter3
    Home health employment, especially the intermittent visit type, usually requires acute care experience for one to be hired. Best to start your efforts with trying to get an acute care position. Have you ever heard the advice that one should get a year or two of med-surg experience as their first step in nursing? This is what gets people hired in most specialties after the first job, talking of course, in generalities.
    I've never heard that saying before until today , that explains why I heard a lot of new grads talking about their work experience at med-surg after graduating .
  10. by   Crush
    If your goal is acute care then I would suggest starting there versus home health. While home health is possible to get as a new grad, it may not be ideal either. Totally depends on the person too but I would ( in my opinion ) get at least a solid 2 years experience before moving into home health.
  11. by   Been there,done that
    It would be up to the hospital that you applied to, to consider your home care experience.
    There are hundreds of home health agencies that will put you to work, because YOU will make money for them. Home health care requires prior acute care experience. YOU will be the only set of eyes on that patient.
    I tried home health care for a few cases, I had 25 years in.. smart enough to know.. I didn't want that responsibility.
  12. by   not.done.yet
    I strongly recommend if you want to do both you START in acute care. You can get a job in Home Health with acute care experience. The other way around is less common. Starting out in positions outside of acute care does make it harder to "break into" acute care later. Not impossible. But harder.
  13. by   CharleeFoxtrot
    Quote from caliotter3
    Home health employment, especially the intermittent visit type, usually requires acute care experience for one to be hired.
    And if the agency doesn't require acute care experience-run away as fast as you can. Home health care requires excellent assessment skills and knowing a little about a lot of diseases. Also need good interpersonal skills and a high level of confidence to do the job right. I loved the autonomy of the job and relied on my acute care background on a daily basis.
  14. by   Crush
    I started out in home health/hospice and after a few years am now working in acute care. It can be done but is not the norm. It all depends on the hospital too. Having experienced this, I still believe getting a solid 2 years of acute care experience would be a good idea before going into home health.

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