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  1. hoolahan

    Productivity...groan

    Does anyone in case management or in particular disease management have to meet productivity "numbers?" As in how many assessments per week, contact with members per week, etc... My manager is completed focused on numbers and doesn't give a hoot about quality in the least. As a nurse, I feel like my focus has shifted to a factory type job, having to produce so many license plates a day. I was just wondering if I am just being naive, and these numbers are so particularly important, or is HEDIS outcomes and quality of the contact more important?
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    titration of cardiac IV drips

    I don't know of anything like what you are asking for. I can only offer that titration should be based on the half-life of the drug, and the effect it has within that time frame. In the CT unit I worked in, docs ordered titration, or weaning, of inotropes as 1 drop per hour for Cardiac index > 2.5. We generally did not have free range to increase inotropes, though at a different hospital I worked at we did, but there was no protocol and it was haphazard. But that's another story.
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    Home Health Care

    I would check with your Ohio State Board of Nursing.
  4. hoolahan

    Gas prices are killing me, how much does your agency reimburse?

    40.5 cents a mile. It went up 3 cents and gas went up 60 cents a gallon! Not much left over for wear and tear!
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    Basic Home Health Care Charts

    Just do what many of my patients do, they get a notebook, and just write in it. Some family's leave me notes in there, or questions, and I answer them, usually only things like "Please order more 4x4's and gloves" and I write "OK", and they usually want me to write down the BP and blood sugar, so they can take the notebook to the doctor with them. Nothing fancy needed. :)
  6. I find this to be a very accurate portrayal of the attitudes I have encountered. Is it right? Of course not! But why fault the program or writers for doing an honest job? To sugarcoat it is to do a disservice to the struggles of nurses. If you ask me, it just shows what a perfect arse those two docs are!
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    Hedis 2005...

    Ah, rub it in why don't ya! Just kidding, that sounds cool. Are you finding the diabetes and HTN measures very time consuming? I am assuming you are doing these, but I know the commercial MCO's do less measures than the Medicaid MCO's, which is where I work. Looking for eye exams in a 2 year time frame is totally disorganized sloppy charts...ugh!
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    any such thing as Male RN's in home health?

    She means Rustyhammer, one of the admin's on this forum, used to do home care. We have several male nurses at the agency I work for. It has never been a problem. It really isn't any different than the same issues you would face in a hospital. In some cases, a female prefers a female, and those wishes are respected, just as a male prefers a male in some cases.
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    Hedis 2005...

    Well, we got our assignments the end of the second week of March, and I got most of the appointments scheduled the following week. I have 4 counties in NJ, a total of 700 charts and over 250 sites. I have been on the road for 2 weeks, and the weather has been terrible, rainy, gloomy. Geez, I thought I'd be cruising abound in sunshine. At least I got some great new CD's to listen to on my new CD player in the car. I got a lighter assignment, probably because it's my first year, so I'll help everyone else finish.
  10. hoolahan

    Could somebody help me with this test question..I just took!

    I think it's the infant because isn't like 80% of an infants total body weight water?
  11. hoolahan

    Forms

    http://www.moorestownvna.org I believe they have theirs on line, I have seen many many versions. Try different VNA sites, they may also have them on-line.
  12. hoolahan

    Advice needed - Should he be fired?

    I empathize with the situation. I agree that he should be let go. Your staff needs to know that you will follow up with your expectations, and it will give them faith in you, that you will not allow one self-important person to infringe on everyone else's free time by covering for his absences and lateness. It sounds like he thinks he's got you over a barrel, and since you are short, and he is a good nurse, he can pull his passive-aggressive power into play. If you could try suspending him for 3 days w/o pay, and then the very first time he is even 5 min late, he is out, not at the end of the shift, but right that minute. If you have already followed all the steps in your P&P, and there is no such option as suspension, he needs to be terminated. Good luck Melissa. I hope you are able to manitain your enthusiasm for many more years. Good managers are needed.
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    I cant keep doing this....

    OMG, your agency is just like mine, except that we only covered one county, and we never had to cover the whole county except for rarely on the weekend. That kind of traveling is too much. I would go to them and say no way. Let the supervisor's do the re-visits, make them take away the revisits at least. You have 2 news, a resumption, and a recert? So four Oases?? That is crazy! Demand OT or a day off in exchange. I'd be out of there if they did that to be on a regular basis, no wonder you were sick! I put 197 miles on my car today, doing Hedis auditing. But I was home by 4pm!
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    dreading going into work tomorrow

    I did! Good to see you here. Well, you know, doo-doo happens. We can't all be saints 100% of the time. If they complained to management, I suggest you give them an apology and move on. A simple, I just wanted to say I am sorry I was short with you the other evening. Don't get too deep into it, but you obviously fo feel badly, or you wouldn't have mentioned it. Some family's are no bed of roses to work with either. I am sure your manager knows that as well. Maybe you can set some limits with them like you will give them 15 minutes of uminterputed question time while you ask a coworker to cover your people for that time. Ask them to write down all their questions. I know it sounds crazy, but sometimes these folks just want to know they are being heard. Good luck hon!
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