Home health jobs in Knoxville area?

U.S.A. Tennessee

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  • Specializes in Mental/Physical Disabilities.

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!

caliotter3

38,333 Posts

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.

RaltsXIV

3 Posts

Specializes in Mental/Physical Disabilities.

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.

Arf2n

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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.

caliotter3

38,333 Posts

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.

RaltsXIV

3 Posts

Specializes in Mental/Physical Disabilities.

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!

caliotter3

38,333 Posts

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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