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Home Health C.N.A.

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hello, everyone! :o can you share your experiences with home health? 20 years ago, i worked as a c.n.a in a nursing home. i was so disappointed with the operation of the nursing home. unfortunately, i allowed my license to lapse and i am going back to school to get certified again. in between now and then i earned a bachelor's degree in social work-but i think there are more job opportunities for c.n.as than bachelors level social workers.

anyhow, can you share your experience with home health?

:lol2:

Hello? Did I offend someone or do not a lot of people work in home health?

jesskidding, LPN

Has 5 years experience.

There are many posts regarding this subject. Just search "home health" and you should find all the info you are looking for. I don't think you offended anyone, there is just a lot of info on this subject already on here. Good luck!

There are many posts regarding this subject. Just search "home health" and you should find all the info you are looking for. I don't think you offended anyone, there is just a lot of info on this subject already on here. Good luck!

Thank you for your reply...I noticed some threads on the subject and was EXTREMELY upbeat by what was written!!! :lol2::p:yeah:

I was just wishing to connect with some folks but I can just jump in on other threads. :o

I work in home health. I just posted a thread on a patient I"m having a problem with.. But Other than that, I love it! The hours are flexible. I usually have set days for each of my patients to go see. I call an hour before I leave to make sure their home. Then go to their home, spend an hour doing whatever they need. Shower, cleaning...What not. Just make sure you find a good company. I've got both my jobs through family. But the company ended up not working out. I didn't like the way they did their things there.

But I do like working in home health. I only worked in a nursing home during my clinicals, and I like home health much better. lol

hello, everyone! :o can you share your experiences with home health? 20 years ago, i worked as a c.n.a in a nursing home. i was so disappointed with the operation of the nursing home. unfortunately, i allowed my license to lapse and i am going back to school to get certified again. in between now and then i earned a bachelor's degree in social work-but i think there are more job opportunities for c.n.as than bachelors level social workers.

anyhow, can you share your experience with home health?

:lol2:

the ltc facility where i work just posted an assistant to the director of social services job that requires a bachelor's degree in social work. i would have loved to try for that job, but i don't have the education...so don't think that degree was a waste of time.

I work in home health. I just posted a thread on a patient I"m having a problem with.. But Other than that, I love it! The hours are flexible. I usually have set days for each of my patients to go see. I call an hour before I leave to make sure their home. Then go to their home, spend an hour doing whatever they need. Shower, cleaning...What not. Just make sure you find a good company. I've got both my jobs through family. But the company ended up not working out. I didn't like the way they did their things there.

But I do like working in home health. I only worked in a nursing home during my clinicals, and I like home health much better. lol

It sounds like I will need to get a "real" cell phone. I have a cheapy Tracfone and sometimes it unpredicable. I guess all cell phones are but some ARE better than others. I will look on your thread about the patient you are having challenges with. I can give a social work P.O.V don't know if that will help.

THank you for replying. I am getting more and more psyched. I will be heart broken to leave my Job Corps students but it's taking too much out of myself.

the ltc facility where i work just posted an assistant to the director of social services job that requires a bachelor's degree in social work. i would have loved to try for that job, but i don't have the education...so don't think that degree was a waste of time.

you can get a human services degree from http://learn.maine.edu/programs/mental-health-and-human-services-b-s/

online...so you can do that. i am disapointed with social work but, this quote sums up what i am feeling:

the price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side. james baldwin.

i think i really enjoy the aspect of patient care though. last night d.s was in the e.r i felt bad for d.si wanted to know where they would run the i.v i put his rails up, got blankets, put a cloth on his head.

even if he was not my son, i think i would have liked fussing over someone.

of course i know some folks get nasty, but i get that at job corps too.:D

radicalsenseofhope

Specializes in STNA.

Just wanted to say Hi! I'm in a similar boat. I worked as a CNA over 10 yrs ago and I am now considering retraining so that I can work part time in home health and/or hospice. :) I considered getting a degree in social work, but decided against it because I don't want the student loan debt right now and don't want to be in school full time right now. The benefits I see to working as a CNA: little money/time required for schooling, there are always jobs to be found, direct contact with patients, flexible schedule.

My sister worked as a hospice/home health CNA for a while and really enjoyed it.

Have you considered using your degree to work in a nursing home or with seniors? Right now I'm shadowing with the director of social services at a nursing home and it is really great. Maybe you can work as a CNA while you try and find a different job using your degree? I've seen jobs advertised in healthcare/medical social work (in nursing homes or hospitals), but most of them are MSW preferred. Have you considered going on for your masters?

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Just wanted to say Hi! I'm in a similar boat. I worked as a CNA over 10 yrs ago and I am now considering retraining so that I can work part time in home health and/or hospice. :) I considered getting a degree in social work, but decided against it because I don't want the student loan debt right now and don't want to be in school full time right now. The benefits I see to working as a CNA: little money/time required for schooling, there are always jobs to be found, direct contact with patients, flexible schedule.

My sister worked as a hospice/home health CNA for a while and really enjoyed it.

Have you considered using your degree to work in a nursing home or with seniors? Right now I'm shadowing with the director of social services at a nursing home and it is really great. Maybe you can work as a CNA while you try and find a different job using your degree? I've seen jobs advertised in healthcare/medical social work (in nursing homes or hospitals), but most of them are MSW preferred. Have you considered going on for your masters?

Where I am I can work in a nursing home with a B.S.W. Those jobs are difficult to come by right now. I do not see the points in investing in a masters degree as the earnings for a Masters Degree Social Worker does not pay. Social work does not pay period---I need to reevaluate what to do. For now, I think getting a CNA license is a good start. Lately, the newspapers advertise for a CNMA, CNA or LPN at the local hospital and doctor's offices. I am pretty disappointed with my current job right now, it's a long story but I am working at an R.A at Job Corps. I really am so disappointed with humanity and treatment of supposedly "at risk" youth. Whatever "at risk" means...all youth are "at risk" it depends on the resources available to them when they get in trouble.

I don't know...maybe I will get on the shtick and go back to school to become a nurse. The only thing with that is, I sometimes believe I am not smart enough or competent enough to be a nurse.

Someone please send good thoughts and prayers my way..!!!

radicalsenseofhope

Specializes in STNA.

It sounds like working as a CNA for a while may be a good way for you to earn some income while seeing what it is like in healthcare and whether or not it is for you. My mom is a nurse and I have many nurse and nurse aid friends, and burn out is high in the nursing field as well. It can be every bit as sad, discouraging, stressful, disappointing, etc etc as social work can be. That said, my mom still loves being a nurse and many of my friends still do to. Often times what nurses "hate" about their jobs are the politics and bean counters and administration.

Don't be afraid that you might not be smart enough or competent enough to be a nurse. My mantra on things like this is: I would rather try and fail then to never know. Don't make decisions out of fear. Make them out of confidence.

Best of luck to you! I wish you well to find a happy path.:)

What a twist in the road...I am seriously considering staying at Job Corps and continuing with college, online, and maybe getting a degree in adult education.