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    That is twenty miles EACH visit that is not counted before they pay milage. I have worked HH as a CM before and know that you end up working sixty or more hours and get paid for forty------never will accept a salary position in nursing again. I loved the work and thought if I worked PRN I could make it work but then this company wanted me to comit to twenty visits a week------. Twenty-nine is full time. The milage was the last straw. I accepted on Thursday and on Friday remembered I had not asked about milage and called and was given the bad news. I really wanted to return to HH so I spent the weekend trying to make some sense of it all. By Sunday I wanted to vomit. On Monday I watched the clock tick for an appropriate time to call and decline the already accepted position--------tick, tick-------(nine am too early------that office is very busy with problems from weekend thought I------very busy-----tick tick------0931-----make call------------sat on sofa with blanket over head--( I am a NICU nurse, you know)----little doggies very worried about me-------by afternoon I can breath normally again.

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    I need to know if the HH companies are no longer offering milage here in the state of Arizona or if it's just this one company that I am interviewing with. This is a PRN position with expected twenty visits which kind of makes the PRN part a question. Milage is paid after twenty-five miles. Need information. Thanks.

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    Fixit likes this.

    Quote from meliusf
    I am in the same or a similar boat. I quit my job of 17 years because of the toxic work environment. I am using my early retirement to support myself and it is adequate, but I want to keep myself busy and in health care for the next 5 years or so. I have applied for at least a job a day over the last 3 months. I have had two interviews with minimal outcomes. It seems like one of two things may be working against me. Either it appears that I do not have any experience in acute care, because I "supervised" students, or that my apparent age it too old for the employer to invest the time and energy in someone who will not be a long time employee. I suppose it could be the economic times as well, but I am getting frustrated. Any suggestions?
    WOW-------if I had not happened onto this site I would have "lost" it. I have "always" been hired after placing my application, sometimes within minutes. Not so today. For the past YEAR I have not even gotten an interview. And I wished I had not given my AGE. Really. Yes, age. I do not know why I did not know that AGE would be such a negative. I am the kind of nurse that other nurses and doctors request to be there for the birth of their child.
    On the UP side---------I am retiring in May, when I can collect SSI----------------------and I am glad I have been forced into this. I do not want anything ever again to do with nursing.
    After reading about all the RNs who graduated last May and still are looking for employment I got the picture. What a mess. And the hospitals doing everything they can to send people into the unemployment lines! Just an awful time to be in the hospital. They sent CNAs and LPNs out and told the RNs to get used to "bedside" care?????? Can just imagine the back injuries and poor patient care due to lack of staff. These were staff with benefits!! These were adult units not the units I worked on but what a mess. Big bucks is all they are after-------profit, not patient care. Hospitals and all of health care should not be about profit. Okay, I am on another subject--------sorry. Just so glad to have a place to share.

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    This is someone pulling your leg.

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    Usually takes more then ten days for HR to get all the references and Hx back. Do not hesitate to call HR and ask when you will receive information regarding your interview. They will tell you what they are waiting on. Good luck to you.

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    busyrninva likes this.

    Forced overtime is HH case management. No union is a great deal for these agencies.
    We give them our time and if you figure out your hourly pay with the hours you REALLY are working you will vomit.
    Sorry -----
    We work it because we need the job and because we allow ourselves to be pushed around. And because we are givers we get had.
    Been there, done that. Just awful. Loved the job, loved the clients but the employer needs to go to jail-----------

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    Many companies will not accept cert done online. You need to check with your employer.

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    erroridiot likes this.

    Good for you OP.
    This is typical fraud and is happening as we write.
    This is a typical patient found often in HH agencies and are often seen parimarily by LPNs and have frequent changes in case managers to keep them by the companies because they have daily (often) visits. Just awful.

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    This is typical HH. You are expected to have experience and if you do have experience you do not need much orientation as these are stable home care patients and if they are not then they belong in the hospital.
    You are taking your lunch in the home during your paid time.
    You only have one patient.
    Some companies let you know right off how they are going to treat you. Some are just awful but if your only contact with them is during the initial orientation then you decide if the case is worth it.
    No over time is typical. Working in hospitals I do not get over time until after forty hours even is I work a fifteen hour shift.
    You have to weigh the good verses the bad and then make you decision based on your results.
    HH verses Hospitals= both are trying to get as much blood as possible without compensating you for the blood loss.

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    canoehead likes this.

    My heart goes out to you. Toxic unit. Been there. Concentrate only on the patients under your care. This is hard but the only way to survive. At the end of the day ask yourself what kind of nurse you were for your patients. Stay way from the nuts you are working with. Also what kind of employee you were for your employer. You have to limit your scope of vision to only your patients not the unit. You are not working with a team. Do this while you look for another job.
    Good luck to you and please keep us updated as you look for another job.

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    Quote from trujrzygirl
    Step 1: Insert a 60 cc syringe into the end of the feeding tube. Pull the plunger back to suction the clog out of the feeding tube. If this does not work, go to the next step. Step 2: Fill a cup with warm water. Add a feeding tube unclogging medication to the water if one has been prescribed by your doctor. Put the end of the syringe into the cup and pull the plunger back to draw the water up into the syringe. Completely fill the syringe with warm water. Insert the syringe into the end of the feeding tube. Push the plunger in gently to release the warm water into the feeding tube and to flush out the clog. Avoid forcing the water into the tube. If the warm water does not remove the clog, get medical assistance from a doctor or at the emergency room. Prevent future clogs in the feeding tube by using a syringe to flush warm water through the feeding tube before and after every feeding. Ask a doctor for a recommendation on the proper amount of water to use for regular G-tube flushing.
    Wow, you work with doctors who know how much to flush a G-tube and the care of a G-tube! Wow.

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    Is just shocking how different things are now. In 2006 it was just great. Az is hit just like other places.
    But, you know, there are jobs. In the past you could just pick your area and shift not so today, but there are jobs.
    I love Arizona so I adjust. Sunshine, blue skies--------

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    telenurse85, Valerie Salva, wooh, and 1 other like this.

    I worked at a hospital like that. During orientation security told us how unsafe we were and even offered to sell a whistle and/or pepper spray to anyone with the price. Nice and accurate first impression. We finally got a petition and with all the names on that petition sent it to whoever was supposed to get petitions. I thought this all a waste of time but it came in real handy for the nurses a few weeks later who were assaulted. One was beaten and raped the other beaten and robbed. They no longer deal with idiots at hospitals and that hospital has just top of the line security today. Sad that we have so little value to some of these hospitals.
    Big signs on doors of hospitals here "No weapons allowed". Grounds for firing. Also I would worry about the gun getting into the wrong hands and causing harm. Scrubs ----- where does one hide the gun? Can't leave it in nurse bag------may get into wrong person's hands.
    Just curious.

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    Quote from pca_85
    I'm surprised the cop didn't let you go because you were a nurse......................a teacher said cop never give nurses tickets because that's who's care they will be in if they're ever hurt in the line of duty. Just a month or two before spring............it will all be ok soon lol..............
    Giggle---------------That teacher is without a clue.
    All kinds of people with all kinds of mood disorders--------good, bad, grumpy, etc work for law enforcement.
    My first year as a RN in IOWA on a bleak,winter, frozen, winter morning after leaving the hospital after working night shift, I got a ticket for going FIVE miles over the limit. Are you kidding me? He could not care less where I was coming from or what kind of work I did.
    Now in ARIZONA-----------Lots of SUNSHINE----I have been stopped three times in ten years and not one ticket after finding out I am a nurse. And I was really BAD one of those times. The sunshine is the factor is my theory. People are much happier with blue sky and sunshine. Problem with photo-radar----------it does not understand or relate to uniforms or stethescopes (thought about hanging one on my rear-view mirror.) Got ticket with photo radar x 2. :-(
    I have risked my life many times in Iowa driving in conditions that were way too dangerous to get to work. When I look back at those days I am appalled that I would do that. Just stupid.

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    Not all RTs are created equal and you have to know who you are working with before asking for assisitance, expecially when working with Sensormedic Vents. Some are just awful to work with, some do not "get it". Some do not want to help. Some cause more problems ----- some are worth their weight in gold. Part of being a NICU RN is protecting you patient--------a huge part. But again I would check your unit's policy. After working as a traveler and an agency nurse I know that what one hospital expects can greatly differ from another. Some have EVERYTHING written in blood and there is only one way to day a particular skill and they are not open for new information and you just have to know what they want and how they want it done. You learn to ask the questions and quickly find the answers.
    I am comfortable caring for and making the position change on a sensormedic patient without help, but one of the hospitals I work for via agency has a policy that this is a two person skill. I know who to ask to help and I am very careful who assists me with these patients.


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