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    Got called for interview- N. Cali county

    Thanks monkeybug. Well, I have lots of experience going into filthy houses with bugs etc. due to being in home health, so I should be a shoe-in. LOL! I've written down those questions in the AN article and am going to practice going through each of them. I'm very hopeful but know it's gonna be competitive!
  2. I received an interview request for a PHN position in a large Northern California county (Bay area). I was wondering how I should prepare and what questions I could expect? thanks!
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    Kaiser HH?

    I am currently working for an agency which mostly deals with Medicare patients. I am interested in how working for Kaiser hh would be? My current agency also is not unionized, and I know that Kaiser is unionized and that the union there is quite strong. I'm wondering if that would affect the amount of "overtime" among other things. Has anyone worked in HH through the Kaiser system? Would you recommend?
  4. Thank you for your replies! That does clear things up for me, especially regarding travel time. It seems to me that public health nurses seem more satisfied with their jobs than HH nurses do. There is a lot to love in HH, but I constantly hear and read comments from HH nurses expressing burnout with the hordes of paperwork, unpaid overtime, charting well into the night at home, and wear and tear on our cars. It's all true, and I've had the same issues! LOL! Whereas in public health, it seems the common complaint is lower pay. I think I would enjoy public health, though, as I do enjoy promoting wellness and preventative care. I went back to full-time in HH, and we still have to work a weekend a month and some holidays (depending on who wants what off, according to seniority). The hours and the work of public health sound very appealing to me!
  5. I currently work in home health and am thinking of making a change. I had considered wound care and even going back to acute care (temporary bout of insanity on my part!), but neither really hold an appeal to me now, especially not acute care. I really like educating my patients and the one-on-one interaction I get to have with them, but I'm getting really tired of doing hours of paperwork at home, after having seen my patients and also getting wary of constantly having to drive into bad neighborhoods alone. I also hate the amount of paperwork involved in home health. I mean, it is really ridiculous! Other than that, I actually do enjoy the work, and I thought public health nursing might be a good option. From what I understand, it seems to entail a lot of patient education and preventative care, both of which pique my interest, but not as much crazy paperwork and charting on your own time? Am I right? But it also sounds like some phn's go to people's homes, and that is where I get confused. I do see the major differences between home health and phn, but are there any phn's out there who can elaborate, especially on the home visits? Do you have to spend hours charting after seeing your patients? How much travel time exactly is there in ph nursing? I'd like to kind of steer away from traveling so much as well...
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    Am I the only nurse

    Just say no. And don't feel guilty about it. Guilt is a wasted emotion. Let some of the other nurses step up to the plate.
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    New nice car

    Good grief, well that is .. creative, I guess. Shoot, we were looking at luxury models. Sigh. I mean, not BMWs or anything like that. But maybe an Audi or Infiniti. We only have one car so we kinda wanted to spoil ourselves. We don't actually drive that much otherwise plus we live in the city.
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    New nice car

    Caliotter, You do extended care, right? Do you think it's because your car is parked in a spot for a longer period of time, it gave the perps more time? Shoot, sorry to hear that it happened anyway.
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    New nice car

    I only work part-time, though, and the number of miles I put in is nowhere near 38000. More like less than 10000. I think I drive less in Home health than some people commute daily to their jobs! I'm more concerned with anything happening to the car while parked when I'm inside a patient's home. I go to some pretty rough neighborhoods every once in a while. Am I being paranoid? I think it's my husband's influence.
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    New nice car

    I only work part-time, though, and the number of miles I put in is nowhere near 38000. More like less than 10000. I think I drive less in Home health than some people commute daily to their jobs! I'm more concerned with anything happening to the car while parked when I'm inside a patient's home. I go to some pretty rough neighborhoods every once in a while. Am I being paranoid? I think it's my husband's influence.
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    New nice car

    Any of you hesitate to buy a new nice car because you work in home health? And have any nurses who drive newer nice cars had any problems when going into the rougher neighborhoods?
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    home health nurse to agency??

    I've been doing home health nursing for a year and a half and before that, I was a tele nurse. I've also done travel nursing in the past. Would it be wise to jump into agency nursing after having been out of the hospital for 1.5 years? I know you don't really get an orientation, and that makes me nervous. If I did it, most likely I would sign up for med-surg positions because I am not super confident about my tele skills anymore, although I did recently get re-certified for acls with no problem. What do you think? Oh, just want to add that I don't want to do agency home health.
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    Completed WOC training but not a WOCN?

    Are there any nurses who completed their WOC training but is not currently working as a WOCN in their facility?
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    Emory University WOC Program

    I'm wrapping up the last portion of the wocn program and am about to head there for the required on-site training ( I did the distance learning). They're pretty responsive. I almost always got a response to a question or issue that day, if not that HOUR. It's very good. I'd recommend it.
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    Finding preceptors

    So I have recently received the first module to start the Emory WOCN program. The trouble I'm having is finding a preceptor. The place where I work currently only has 1 WCC, and she is pretty new and stressed out to begin with, which is why I hesitate to approach her. I've emailed some potential preceptors, going from the WOCN list given to me by the school, but no one except 1 emailed me back (to tell me that their facility would be unable to fit me in due to their already full load precepting their own nurses). I really think I will start calling people, though, instead of emailing them again. Anyway so I am just a teeeeeny bit worried and anxious about this. Do a lot of WOCNs dread or dislike precepting new students, especially if they don't know them? Has anyone else run into this problem, and what happened? About to hit the phone now and go down my list....
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    How long is WOCN program?

    How long did it take for those WOCNs who completed their programs through distance learning? I'm interested in Emory's program. Did you work at the same time, as well?