So right after graduation I worked cardiac step down for about 16 months then went to home health for 3 years until I graduated with my MSN. I have now been a FNP for about 13 months.
First off HOME HEALTH isn't good for a new graduate RN. Right out of school you're nervous (if you're not then you may get in trouble for being too overly confident), you don't know much about meds, side effects, and interactions (it's impossible to learn that plus everything else in nursing school), and, most of all, RIGHT OUT OF NURSING SCHOOL YOU'RE A NOVICE AND NOT MEAN TO BE INDEPENDENT. That's why orientation is often 2-3+ months and there are so many residency programs that can last a year. Nursing school does NOT prepare you to be an independent RN. It prepares you to be an entry level RN. It prepares you just to not kill people. Not necessarily know what you are doing.
Home health is a whole different ball game. YOU are there. YOU are reconciling medications when the patient is fragile because they just got released from the hospital. YOU are the one there when the bed bound patient who can't communicate has a pulse of of 80%. YOU are the one trying to draw the lab work to see if the patients potassium is normal or starting an IV so you can give Lasix to your CHF patient. If you think as a new grad you can handle all of these situations with ease I think you think too highly of yourself.
My home health agency once hired a new grad who wound up being a great nurse but it took a looooong while so they no longer hire new grads. Some agencies may be so desperate they don't care.
I'd recommend trying to find a job where you have SUPPORT as a new grad RN. Where when something goes wrong you have coworkers to help. Where you can get a second opinion. After that I think home health is great! Many don't understand it but I think it was beneficial to my NP practice. After working home health I know more about the struggles some of these elderly people have at home. The time it takes the caregivers to help their mom/dad. I can simplify most problems so that patients can understand. I know more about the outpatient services available for assistance in the home. And, yes, as you mentioned being confident in assessment is a big part of home health and I gained confidence there as well. Not to mention the knowledge I gained about pharm because, well, a lot of patients don't know why they are on their medications. They say "my doctor told me to take it."
Home health isn't for the faint of heart (think about roaches, animals, urine, poop, sketchy areas) and, I think, is NOT for new grads.
Just my 2 cents.