Trying to be objective, but also going into the meeting with the cautions given here clearly in mind:
The office environment was quiet, calm, yet seemed supportive. Very professional. The area for field staff to document, etc. was satisfactory, but did not have any individual desks or booths. Since I like to do paperwork in the OFFICE as opposed to my home, that was a negative.
The expectation was 6 visits per day for full-time. They pay an hourly salary, and they break down opens, recerts and driving time into various percentages of 6 visits per day. (This seems reasonable, but is influenced by ...)
All staff begins the day at 8am in the office, where they review their assignments for the day with the Clinical Sup. (negative)
The reimbursement rate is $0.30 per mile. (negative)
The coverage area for the agency extends beyond Sacramento by about 20 or 30 miles, and Sacramento itself is quite a large area to cover. (negative)
While there is an agreement as to what zip code areas one will cover, there is the expectation that if someone calls in sick, others WILL cover their areas. (negative)
Their benefits include health coverage that will end up costing me about $200 per month as my share, and since I presently pay for my own coverage at $320 per month, that is really not much incentive.
Their PTO plan averages "about 10 hours per month" of time off. That includes sick time and vacation time, and it is not very competitive in my estimation. Full time hospital positions in this area offer about twice that in PTO, and my first HHC job in Sacramento back in 1993, I earned 6 weeks of PTO per year.
Hourly rate for my 7 years of HHC experience is $36, which is about $3 less than what I earned at a full-time staff position in the hospital. It seems about right, maybe even a little higher than what I could make on a per visit pay scale.
Here's my take on it, though. One of the things I value about HHC is the autonomy. I am really concerned about placing the ability to control my own daily workload and schedule into the hands of a supervisor. Especially when I'm the one who will be managing the case in every other way. I foresee that "emergencies" dictating that I drive out into the boonies, or do mostly opens and management while an LVN does revisits, will be more likely.
This is a real subjective point, as in reality any agency can/will ask you to do inconvenient things, and of course you will negotiate and end up doing some of them. But there's a big difference between being asked, and being mandated. And it's hard to define, and nothing that anyone said outright, but I got the feeling that their concern is that their staff be working up to their expectations -- and not that they will be able to meet the expectations of their staff.
There's just a big difference in taking on that extra open, or visit, and knowing you'll get paid the per visit rate.
So, at present, I am leaning towards Interim.