Quote from chenoaspirit
I am new to HomeHealth and I am nervous and SCARED! The paperwork is horrible! I cant learn when to use what form. I only get 2 weeks orientation. If I NEED more, I can request more, but I guess I will never truely FEEL ready. Please someone give this nurse some advice. I have worked med/surg for 4 years and it was my first/only job since nursing school. Ive browsed on here quite a bit, but I guess one of the big differences I am having a hard time learning is the difference in Medicaid and Medicaire (what each will pay for and wont pay for). The OASIS is hard. I just feel nervous about being by myself out in the field with no one around to help me if I need it. How did you guys survive the first few weeks on your own?
Hang in there. I just started HH two weeks ago (very part time, until I start getting my own patients or someone can't go to their own call). I really like it. I did one admit with a preceptor and then the next two on my own. I did two visits with a preceptor, to learn the 24hr IV pump. Still don't think I could do it on my own (learning). A few simple visits on my own. Tomorrow, I am doing a discharge on my own and will get an explanation on the paperwork this am. You are right the paperwork is horrible, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Do you think that they are giving you too much to soon.
You are not going to encounter every situation in the two weeks of orientation, so make sure that if you need someone to go on a visit with you that they will. I think that mine will. Honestly, the last time I started an IV was three years ago in nursing school. If you know of any good websites showing videos on procedures would you please let me know. I got on you tube and some was good and some was bad.
You will make mistakes on paperwork, but they can be corrected. So far everyone at my agency has been really helpful and nice. You are really lucky that you have med/surg exp. I have 2.5yrs OR exp, no bedside care.
Do you do your own coding/billing. Why do you have to know who pays for what?
Yes, Oasis is tricky. Keep trying!!! Ask for help!!! Your lucky to get two weeks orientation.
Let me know how it goes.