Hi I am going for my Visiting nurse job interview
. I am totally new to this area, I am just wondering how safe it is to go to the patients' home....did anybody encounter any dangerous situation? How about crime prone areas?
How many patients does a nurse have to visit in a day? Does the agency pay for gas? How much time on an average does a nurse spend with one patient?Do they pay extra for IV therapy and wound care? Please suggest...........
Mar 2, '07
Having worked in home health for quite a while, I have never encountered any dangerous situations. That does not mean I won't. About the worst is aggressive dogs. I find that dog treats work pretty well. I was advised by another nurse to try gummi bears. Give the dog a few on the way in to distract him and a few on the way back to your car if needed. I haven't tried this but I can see how it might work. The most important thing you need to find out is how safe are the nurses working at the agency you are interviewing for. I mostly work in rural areas and occasionally some bad neighborhoods but as someone else said, they are usually happy to see you. If ever in doubt and you're already in the home leave everything there and hit the door. Don't worry about getting your bag or other supplies. ALWAYS have your car keys on you, do not lay them down anywhere. The agency will have a policy on this so ask. I just took a job with a new agency but before I was offered the job I had a peer interview. It was with two of their nurses. They had formed questions they had to ask me but I could ask them anything. That was a great opportunity. If you are offered, and considering, the job you might want to ask to talk to or meet with a couple of their nurses.
Oh yeah, your nursing bag makes a nice barrier between you and a quesionable dog, keep the bag between you and it and don't turn your back.
Last edit by teaka on Mar 2, '07