Published Jun 18, 2009
Anyone aware of any home health agencies that are looking for experienced employees? I love my current job, especially the patient I care for, but the agency I work for is slowly but surely ripping me apart financially. No benefits, 7 days a week, and 50ish hour weeks of straight pay. I will be eternally grateful for any input!
A good employment website is: http://www.indeed.com. Type in home health RN or LPN and the location and agencies that are looking for applicants will come up.
I'm only a caregiver. I'm certified by the TN DMRS to administer meds, oxygen, FirstAid, CPR, and CPI trained. I do have an associates in pre-engineering but I decided to make a change in my career path 3 years ago and I believe I may have reached a wall as far as education goes. I would try a local nursing home but i'm not sure if I need to be a CNA or not.
I know that most nursing homes either require that you are a CNA or that you get certified within 6 months of working there. But it's nothing to get certified. Usually you can find a nursing home that offers free classes every month or so. All you have to pay for is your book, which is something like 50-60 dollars, and then to take the CNA test after the end of the class which is like $88. The classes usually last only a month and you 2 weeks of book work and class and 2 weeks of clinicals. Some Home Health agencies will let you become a HHA without being a CNA but I think most of them prefer it.
In my state you have to become certified within four months of hire. You would be helping yourself immensely if you got a CNA certificate and a HHA certificate if they have that in your state. You can find nursing homes that will give you the training free and you have a built in job waiting. But if your local community college has a CNA course it is better to take it there, because you could get college credit for the course and it might be required if you decide to go to a nursing program at that college. Being a CNA/HHA also helps you get jobs from private clients and you can get better pay.
I've never considered the checking the nursing homes to see if they offer classes. I was nervous about approaching them without certification, but I'll have to check now. Thanks a bunch!
Other possibilities to get a CNA course are your local chapter of the American Red Cross, the adult education school in your area, and the Regional Occupational Center.
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