Published Nov 6, 2002
I have just accepted a job with a home health agency. I have been a nurse for ten years, and most recently have been doing ob nursing. I was wondering if anyone else had come from such a different area of practice to home health, and if anyone had any advise for me!
I have been involved with pediatric home health....I basically took care of the child for 8 hrs... meds,txs,bath, feeding. interacting...no biggie
KCRNSUE....you go girl!!!! I came to homecare 10 years ago...from mental health! And I love homecare nursing! Tips...don't let the paperwork get you down...you're there for the patients...one on one is the best teaching you'll ever do. GOOD LUCK
renerian, BSN, RN
I went from the hospital BMT unit to home health 11 years ago. Give yourself one year to feel comfortable..........
I just started a job as a sales rep and I love it!
Welcome to home health, KCRNSue! I also made the switch recently (from an ambulatory PACU) and have been an RN for 20 years. I found a wonderful resource/preceptor in a nurse at the agency who has taken me under her wing and been the person I can call with questions. Maybe your agency has someone willing/able/seasoned that can be your resource? I also purchased a PDA to track my appts, mileage and expenses, but the agency does not have any paperwork that I am able to download onto it to make fewer papers to fill out. Though the traveling around gets a bit wearing, and the paperwork is horrendous, I can truly say I feel like I make a difference in grand scheme of things. I agree with PattiRN that the one-to-one teaching is the way to go! now if I didn't have to have a beeper that kept going off... Best wishes in your new job!
And best wishes to you, Renerian, in your new job also!
Sjsap thanks for the nice note on my new job!!!!! So far I love it!!!!!
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