Visiting nurse: questions

Specialties Home Health

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Hi everyone,

I am a new grad as of May 10, and I have an interview tomorrow for a visiting nurse position. They offer preceptorship program for new graduates and I am happy about that, however, I can't help be a little skeptical in regards to personal safety while being a visiting nurse (I will be required to do evening and nights).

Have any of you started off as a visiting nurse? Any suggestions for me? Would you recommend it for a new grad?

Thanks for your feedback!

-Leyla

Specializes in Critical Care/Coronary Care Unit,.

Well it depends what type of nurse will you be? Will you just be visiting to give a shot and leave or will you be with the patient for 8 or more hrs? Would I recommend it for a new grad...no....b/c you're on your own..you better know what to do in an emergency....you better be able to recognize s/s of infection, stroke, hyper/hypoglycemia, etc. If you're going to take this job...I suggest you work while you look for something in a hospital...you can also consider LTC...but I recommend the hospital. Good luck.

Specializes in OB-Gyn/Primary Care/Ambulatory Leadership.

Like the previous poster, it really depends on the type of nursing. I think home health is very tricky for a new grad who hasn't honed their assessment skills yet, and will have greater difficulty knowing normal from abnormal. That's a lot of responsibility.

Specializes in Medsurg, Homecare, Infusion, Psych/Detox.

I would not recommend it for a new grad.

Thanks for all your replies!! I will attend the interview tomorrow (rescheduled) and ask more questions in regards to exactly what I am expected to do.

Yeah I definitely would not feel prepared without at least having some background experience.

Hello all,

I am a new grad and got an offer as a visiting nurse. Got the job and will be starting two weeks from now; however, I am confused if I made the right decision. I've talked to some people I know (nurses) and they have the same thought about visiting nurse that it is not a good choice for new grad to start. I accepted the offer because I felt like I have to start on something. Knowing that not much hiring in hospital now a days unless your experience. Please Advice.

Lyne.

Insist on proper orientation to your job and don't be afraid to ask questions or you will have more problems than necessary.

Insist on proper orientation to your job and don't be afraid to ask questions or you will have more problems than necessary.

Thank you Carliotter3 for your input.

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