I'm new to this website, and I don't know any home health nurses to get advice from. I'm hoping some people on here can give me some tips. I'll be honest, home health is not my dream job. Since it's very hard to get in with a hospital, and I've been applying for numerous jobs for 3 months, I'll take what I can get. With that said, I work hard and do my best where ever God puts me. I did very well in school, and in clinical. I hold the bar high for myself, and I just want to be prepared for when I start.
My only experience in nursing is on a hospital floor. I've read a few things to get more information about home health and what the role of RN entails. In what I've read, it always states "well experienced" nurse.
I don't believe I'm being thrown to the wolves. The DON who hired me told me they want me to be successful, and will help me. She gave me her number to call if I have questions. She also said I can go with other nurses, PT, OT, etc to get more training and learn how everyone is involved in the big picture.
I'm hoping to get some good advice! Maybe if anyone can share experiences when they started as a new home health nurse or if you trained new home health nurses.
I am not really familiar with home health nursing, but I believe there are a lot of experienced and helpful nurses out there who are willing to answer your questions! Everything can be learned for sure! Just believe in yourself and welcome to this forum!
I did home health. The first advice I have is to document big time. Especially calls to the MD regarding pt changes and out of normal results and calls up your nursing chain of command and for supplies. For ex. a home care nurse had a pt with a trach that was low on supplies. None, received and pt was out of replacement and coughed trach out during a change. Secondly, pick up a Home Health Standards book and read each section. I like the one by T. M. Morrelli esp read the Medicare guidleines and definitions of homebound status, etc. Find a good teaching manual that is not copy right protected, They are out there. Usually have perforated pages or binder format. Make a binder or container with dividers for your trunk and put in the common teaching sheets and then use for your pts and leave copy noting where you left off and document what used in your notes rather than rewriting the teaching. Saves tons of times. Go to HCAF website the Florida Home Care Association and look for webinars and other education meetings to educate yourself.