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QueenCityNurse

Home Health, Progressive Care, NICU
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QueenCityNurse specializes in Home Health, Progressive Care, NICU.

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  1. When I first started working in Peds Home Care, I had recently graduated from an LPN program and I only had 2.5 months of nursing experience. My first case was for a 2 year old with a trach. Now, I have a little over 5 years experience in Peds Home Care and I can't think of any job that I love more. With that being said, it can be done "but" I would suggest that you start out with a basic case. Maybe a child that only has a GT and work your way up to more complex cases after you have a certain comfort level. My suggestion to you is to never take a case without meeting the patient first. A lot of nurses are called last minute and fill-in without meeting the patient but I always like to know what I am getting myself into. Also, until you get comfortable, you can always try starting out on nights (if you can) because it isn't as busy as days. Try to get as much orientation as you can and once you get comfortable, ask your agency if you can do orientation on another case. Good luck with whatever you decide!!!
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    Pediatric Home Care Pay Rates in DFW

    Hi Everyone. My husband and I are considering moving to the Dallas-Fort Worth area and I would really like to stay in pediatric home care. Could someone please tell me the names of some of the home care agencies in the area as well as the average pay rate for an RN? I have a little over 5 years of experience and I also have experience with trachs/vents, etc. Thank you!
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    Pediatric Home Care Salary in DFW

    Hi Everyone. My husband and I are considering moving to the Dallas-Fort Worth area and I would really like to stay in pediatric home care. Could someone please tell me the names of some of the home care agencies in the area as well as the average pay rate for an RN? I have a little over 5 years of experience and I also have experience with trachs/vents, etc. Thank you!
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    This makes it all worth it

    That was so sweet and too cute! I think I would have cried a river of tears right then and there(LOL). I absolutely LOVE home care!
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    Bayada Nurses or PSA Healthcare

    I have been in home care(private duty) for a little over 5 years now and I have been with Bayada for almost 3 years. Of all of the home care companies that I have worked for, Bayada is really the best. Although the pay isn't that great(Charlotte area.....$21/hr during week and $23./hr weekends), I can honestly say that for the most part, "I love" working for them. Just recently I quit my hospital job and switched from prn to full-time with Bayada and so far, I have no regrets.
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    New Grad Rn Salaries

    Hi janaas I tried to send a private message but I think that you have to respond to so many threads before you are able to send private messages. I really can't tell you a whole lot about Charlotte because I moved here a couple of years ago from Philly and I don't get out much. If you are buying a home, depending on the area, you will definitely find that it is a lot cheaper than Delaware. As far as CMC, its a pretty good place to work. I don't know much about University but if you are able to get into CMC-Main or any other facility under Carolinas Healthcare System, after 6 months you will be able to put in a transfer and it may be a little bit easier to get into University if something is open. The starting rate really isn't all that great down here compared to Delaware but if you have some experience, you may be able to negotiate a little. If you are open to working weekends, the rate is $34./hr but it is considered a part time position. However, the benefits are pretty much the same, just a little bit more and as far as accumulating PTO, I think its like 4 hrs per pay period instead of 7.5 if you were full-time. Do you know what area you are interested in? CMC also has a float pool and I think that the pay is like $26/$27 but I am not really sure. Also, (3) 12 hour shifts are considered full-time and if I am not mistaken, almost every single floor does self scheduling which is pretty cool. With that, you can be off for 8 days without taking any PTO. For example, if you schedule yourself for Sun, Mon & Tuesday you have completed your requirements for that week and then on the next week, you can schedule yourself for Thurs, Fri & Saturday which gives you 8 nice days to be off(LOL). Let me know if I can be of any additional assistance........good luck!