I have been an acute hemodialysis nurse for 8 years and then the last 2 years I have been a mother/baby nurse. I am starting a prn home health position Aug. 18 and could use any and all advice I can get. Are there any really good resources that would be helpful? I would appreciate any and all tips. Thanks!
Aug 1, '03
I like Robyn Rice's book, Home Health Nursing Practice.
But before you go out and spend a lot of money, what you really need to learn is the regulations for Medicare and Medicaid for your state.
Will you be doing primarily Maternal child visits?
If there is one thing I have leanred in working now for my third agency, is they all do things very differently. Taking care of the patients is the easy part. I would say just relax, what you need you will get on orientation, what you don't, you can always check on-line reg's for your state, ask here, and ask your supervisor.
Check out the threads on this forum, esp a Typical Day in the life of a HH Nurse.
Welcome to our world and the forum!
Aug 2, '03
Thanks for the advice! I will be doing a wide variety of visits. I don't think they get many maternal/child visits. I found a website last night at www.nurseceu.com/hh.htm
that has a lot of free home health information. I have a feeling I will be doing home health for a long time because it's flexibility works so well with my kids school schedules.