I hope I'm not double posting here... I saw a couple pay check threads, but more for visiting nurses than office staff.
My HHA hires new grads (including me 3 years ago)
Our field staff document really badly. most are 2 year RNs or LVNs and don't know how to document. I once asked in a meeting of ~25 nurses "What does ADPIE mean?" and NO ONE KNEW!!! at my school, every lecture ended with "and then you apply the nursing process and what should you do class?"
I clean everything up, spell out the nursing process, dot the t's, cross the i's (If you catch the typo, maybe you can be a documentation auditor too!), make sure that problems have interventions; I'm amazed how many nurses notes look like a rubber-necker describing a car accident rather than a HCP identifying and solving problems, interventions have orders, goals are being met with reasonable efficiency and send it back to nurse for confirmation. (and did you hand write an incident report for that fall?)
Because we are a growing HHA, I focus on teaching the nurses, because In two months there will be a new batch of new hires and I can't be fixing everything for everyone forever.
It's not just paperwork - unfortunately I'm usually looking at notes that are 3 weeks old, but I see lots of pt care issues and make sure that they get fixed. better late then never, right? TEACHING is always my focus, both for patients and nurses.
I think I was worth $30/hr 18 months ago, and I told them. I just got that "raise" last week. Especialy in the past couple months I feel like the value of my 4-year degree has really started kicking in and I am as much a nurse educator as an auditor.
If you do this kind of work:
1. where are you? (I'm in northern california)
2. what are your responsibilities? what else to you do?
3. the important one: $?