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    Home Health on TPAPN

    Keep trying. Don't give up easily. Have you talked with your advocate to see if they can give you some ideas? It just depends where you interview and who you interview with. Do NOT, I repeat, NOT tell the "HR" person. Wait until you meet your manager and get a good feel for the job. No reason telling someone all your business if it's not the right job for you. Dialysis is a good place and I've heard Herman is tpapn friendly. Good luck. YOu CAN do it!!
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    What does it take to be COS-C and what's the cost? If you don't mind me asking.
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    Researching Home Health Care - Any help?

    ask away! We aren't shy. What kind of info do you want?
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    What to be sure to do in orientation?

    I'm still laughing!! I guess having "crappy intake referral infrmation" is just a universal problem!! Funny how when we call the patient to set up apts, we find out ALL kinds of important stuff---like they are staying with a family member WAAAAAYYYYYYYYYY across town. At my last job, another nurse and I even came up with a general form to be filled out. My boss didn't think too much of it though. She NEVER even tried to use it. Yet, they paid so many "non-admit" visits, they could have hired a monkey to come in half days and get the information before sending nurses out on non-admits. Sorry, it doesn't take much to make laugh.
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    What to be sure to do in orientation?

    OMG!!! I had to laugh outloud when I read this!! At my last job we begged for this informtion
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    TPAPN question

    That is so AWESOME!!! I am so happy for you. I said the same thing about being an advocate, yet I haven't done it. It's been almost TWO years. LOL. I do feel like I should, but then again, I also feel like I wouldn't be a good one. We will see..... Please keep us posted so I can do my "official happy dance" for you. Also, let me know what you think about the last month taking FOREVER!!
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    TPAPN question

    It has been a long long road!! And the finish line is in site!! I remember when you were looking for a job. Did you stay in Victoria in med surg??? Have you thought about being an advocate once you are done???
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    TPAPN question

    Lance- First off--CONGRATS MY FRIEND!!!!!! I don't remember what the success rate of TPAPN is, but I was shocked when I found out it wasn't that high! You are in the last stretch of this road. Be prepared to take your two UA tests earlier in the month (I think mine were back to back), AND you still have to have TWO chain of custody's on hand (unless they've changed) Make sure that ALL your paperwork is in as timely as possible. I think I faxed the last month's paperwork in as quickly as I could including the weekly meeting sheets, but they still wanted the hard copies. Call and ask your CM helper if you have everything "current" as of now. I think they were missing a quarterly report on me, even though I had already mailed with some other ppwk that wasn't missing. I then got a call from my CM telling me that I had completed the program, how much she enjoyed my "attitude"(If she only knew the times I screamed in my car alone, cried, or laughed out of desperation), and would I please consider being an advocate to the program. Something I haven't done, but really feel I should give back since the help was there for me when I needed it. Once that happened, I could quit calling the daily number. I think I still did a couple of times, just out of habit. Plus, when you are finished, any extra COC forms you may have, you can mail them back and get credit for them. A word of caution---continue to follow ALL the rules until you hear otherwise!! Also, for me, that last month was almost like a whole year in time!! I literally felt like the month lasted FOREVER. Which isn't the case, but I think you get so excited counting down the months, that it's like watching a pot of water boil----takes forever. Congrats on your success. Remeber, this is just the beginning of your LIFELONG recovery. Just because you have completed the program, does not mean you still don't have to work on yourself. Any questions you have, send me a PM and I will do my best to answer. I am so freakin happy for you!!! Great day!!
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    Pay for RN doing home health care in Houston

    Robert2010- From what I have seen in Houston area, LVN's who become RN's have to have a year experience before most will hire you. Even if you had a year experience as an LVN---go figure! I've actually seen nurses that were LVN's and then became RN's who have had to go back to hospital to get the experience. Crazy if you ask me! The going rate for LVN's in Houston is around $35-$39 per visit. For RN's I've seen $40-$60 per "regular" visit. The lower pay sometimes covers mileage/phone/computer, and the higher pay, no mileage. Then OASIS get more depending on SOC (start of cares), PH (post hospital) and RCT (re-cert) I use to know the rates for PDN (private duty nursing-which is like a shift) but couldn't even begin to tell you that. It's a great way to make some extra cash picking up visits. The down side is, when the census is low, the visits are low also. What area of town are you looking at? Good luck with your search. If you have any questions, send me a PM and I will try and help.
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    Home Health on TPAPN

    please do check with your cm (i truly hope you don't have the ole bat i had, but apparently, she was what i needed at the time) i did find that sometimes the "rules" would change while in the program. it also depends on where you are at in the program. i don't remember all the added stipulations i had, but it was very doable for me. and, like i said, i had a don and case manager in the office that didn't make a big deal when i "checked in daily" plus i used a field nurse that i had become comfortable with to explain my situation to, and she became my "back-up, back-up" so, i'd meet her often, have lunch/coffee for the day. seems to me, i kept a calendar and had whoever initial the days i worked when we met up for the day. that way, no one could say i didn't have my "face to face" also check with your advocate. he/she may also know something about home health. in fact, when i finished, my cm told me that they had had very "good results" with hh and participants. hope things haven't changed. keep me posted and best of luck!!!! you will make it!! promise! how far are you in the program, if you don't mind me asking?
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    Tested positive for dilaudid

    Magsulfate----Ummm, I'm sorry, I think I'm the QUEEN OF TEXAS AND TPAPN!!! I kid, I kid!! I'm right there with you. I read the post, and guess we think too much alike. Something doesn't pass the sniff test. Magsulfate and I both have been where you are. Take an honest look at yourself. TPAPN is doable---NOT FUN. But you have a chance to come out of this and a better person. Keep us posted~we have been known to be wrong. But not often--Right??
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    Home Health on TPAPN

    Actually, here in Texas it is very possible to do. I know from experience. There is an extra page in the contract you have to agree to along with employer, but I didn't find it too difficult. One thing was, I had to make a face to face contact, and preferably first thing in the morning. Then a call throughout the day. I was lucky to work with a really great manager, and a field nurse that would always meet up with me. Plus, if I recall correctly, you can only take call once a month and those days you will have to have a face to face with someone. That was kinda a downer on the weekends when you didn't have to see anyone. But, again, I made the bad decisions, so it wasn't horrible. The BEST part for me, was there was really no temptation. In HH you don't really give narcotics. Of course, if you want to find trouble, you can. Right? Plus, honestly, the pay was much better than the hospital, and more flexible. Good luck. If you have any questions, please feel free to PM and I will do my best to help you. FYI, I did complete the program with little problems. So, it can be done. Again, best of luck!!
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    Oasis C

    Took a really good class on it (we'll see when I actually have to do a real one) It did away with what I thought was silly questions, and clarified others. I think with all things new, there will be a learning curve but overall good. However, it looks like discharges are going to be a lot more detailed. And you will really have to know what happened during the cert period. So, if you work for someone that only uses their RN's for OASIS visits, you will be in trouble.
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    what a day

    Thanks for the laugh. I thought I was the only one that had days like that--ha! Except, mine usually involve rain, and waiting at some gate trying to talk to Merdle who can't hear me to open the gate for me. All the while, I'm getting soaked since I have to have the window down for her to hear me ask her to open the gate. Then, when I get to her apt, she looks down her nose at me, because I have the nerve to come to her house so wet. As if I drive around wet in my car, looking for houses to go to. Ahhhh, the life of HH nurses.
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    teaching guides

    Chimers-Help! I looked up that book on Amazon. Am I doing it wrong? I only see 1 USED available, and it's $999 (that's more than a bit pricey to me) I've seen this book before, and it is good. But seriously, am I doing something wrong, or is there only one available?