I think there were a couple of reasons I decided, when going back to work, to try HH rather than going back to the floor.
First off, I desired more autonomy; as a case manager, there is a lot of that... for a newbie, it's like flying without a wire, but I am gradually adjusting to the responsibility.
Secondly, I wanted more quality time with my patients, more direct and private interaction, something you just don't get in the hospital, at least as a floor nurse.
Thirdly, I have always despaired that I did not have enough time to do proper patient teaching, and that the teaching that was done in the hospital was "under stress" and probably mostly forgotten by the patient and family upon going home.
Lastly, even though I knew that it would require "home time" in addition to visit time to get charting done, I felt like that really gave me an opportunity to review charts properly, set up care plans
that made sense and weren't cookie cutter, and do my charting in a more thorough fashion. Yeah, it takes time. But I think it is worth it.
I also chose a HH without knowing anything about the agencies, and didn't do a ride beforehand, which is a good idea. But my preceptor and I have very different caseloads and regions; hers is in a discreet area, while mine is spread out over a larger area. So a day with her looked like a busy but well organized cakewalk compared to a day with me, which sometimes takes a couple hours of driving or more in addition to the visits and charting.
So bear in mind you'll need a reliable car, that HH nurses go out no matter what the weather, generally, and that you need to know what the parameters of your particular position are going to be. Some nurses seem to get early risers, which is great if you start your day early... mine all seem to be grumpy before nine in the morning, so unless I get an insulin patient or labs, I get a later start, so I go in and get all my paperwork together before I go out, stuff I'll need signed during the day, a list of people I'm seeing with their phone numbers for quick reference, and any special supplies (like lately I have to check out the flu kit a lot).
I venture to say you will like it; there is definitely a learning curve, in the hospital we didn't have to fool with insurance, or what classified a person as homebound, for instance. Good luck on your ride~ your hospital experience will serve you in good stead!