My first day - page 2

Today was my first day as a home health nurse. I only did the orientation thing but tomorrow I go out to see pts. I'm really looking forward to this new part of nursing. I'll be hanging out here a... Read More

  1. by   nursedawn67
    Great!! Keep us posted!!!
  2. by   jnette
    Originally posted by hoolahan
    Yes, do give us updates!! And you can also post it on the TYpical Day thread, so those who are thinking about HH can see what it is really about.
    Ditto !
    Please fill us in... am interested as well. Always like to keep my options open. Just have always been a bit leery due to all the medicare restraints and BS involved... would definately like to hear more.

    Enjoy !
  3. by   luv-my-dal
    Best of luck! Hope you enjoy it.
  4. by   RNIAM
    Hope you enjoy your new job . I am sure you'll be great!
  5. by   New CCU RN
    Good luck to you.... hope you enjoy it. Keep us posted on how it goes
  6. by   Rustyhammer
    well, went to this one ladies house and spent most of my time explaining why the regular nurse wasn't there. But she finally settled down and let me take some vitals and draw a tube of blood and as I was leaving she said "You are a very nice young man".
    My second pt was this HOH diabetic with a foot ulcer.
    He had this box of donuts next to his easy chair.
    I documented "Instructed pt on importance of being compliant with diet".
    Only 2 pts today. More tomorrow.
  7. by   NRSKarenRN
    Sounds like your getting a good introduction!

    Check out some of our previous posts re wound care---TONS in home care and understanding OASIS---even though you will not be responsible.
  8. by   Disablednurse
    Regnurse, nothing serious I hope.
  9. by   Jay-Jay
    Rusty, the first thing I had to do when I started home health was bone up on advanced wound care skills. Now, I can honestly say I know more than most doctors do! (Have had a G.P. ASK ME to TELL HIM what to write as a wound care order! At least he was humble enough to admit he didn't know!)

    Right now my company is doing a pilot project on Best Practices in Wound Care, focusing on leg ulcers. It's great to know you're on the cutting, if I could ONLY get more practise in applying those blasted Profore dressings!!
  10. by   Wgbem
    I am looking to start in home health? It seems you have been doing it for a while. I love hearing that you love what you do because as it stands now, I have to drag myself out of bed to go to work. I left bedside 4 years ago and did not realize how much I would miss it. I am looking to come back but not on the level that I left ( I worked in a surgical trauma ICU).

    Thanks for just sharing how nice HH can be.
  11. by   Scavenger'sWife
    Disabled nurse: YIKES!!! Sorry I have not answered you!

    (Twenty lashes with a wet tourniquet)

    Not serious as in "life threatening". I had my rt ankle operated on and reconstructed. I had an "osteochondrial defect" (Whew!) and a large cyst on top of the tallus that the tib-fib sat upon and irritated. Also had a bone chip fragment floating around and terrible scar tissue and arthritis in the joint. Surgeon put in artificial bone, took out the other junk. Casted for 5 weeks. I just got into a knee-high boot-cast that I'll wear for 3 weeks then PT.

    So....4 more weeks before I can return to work! Gads......they will have to retrain me!
  12. by   Nance
    I'm supposed to begin Home health and later Hospice tomorrow. Any words of wisdom. I just left a Med. surg floor after three years. I was surprised how many of my co-workers said you will hate it, you will be back, and have you ever done it before. Good luck Rusty. I just joined and can't post a new thread so I'm jumping on with you since you are new also. Good luck and I'll be watching.
  13. by   nursesearl
    Sorry Nance. You may want to read a few more posts on the home health section. I believe Rusty has another job. Home health is not easy. If you can master the paper work, you'll be fine. It's a different kind of stress than hospital nursing, but definately not stress free. Good luck.