Saturday, January 25, 2014

Adventures in Home Care

I recently started a new position as a home health nurse. I started my day feeling very anxious at home before leaving for work. I was questioning why I applied and accepted the position and started feeling bad for leaving my kids more. All of a sudden it hit me that I signed up for this! Lol this is what I wanted. I got myself together and headed out. 

The day in the office started with some confusion because everyone forgot I was working lol. My original preceptor wasn't available so I went out with a very overwhelmed full time case manager. We did an admission and a regular dressing change visit. The admission was interesting because we were told the patient was still in an assisted living facility so we traveled there...  we get there and the patient was discharged to home. We make our way to the patients home and get started with the admission. We first presented the company and what we offer and asked if the patient would be interested. Once an agreement was made the paperwork started. My preceptor  was excellent, she was able  to assess, teach, and document all at the same time. Our patient was so happy with the visit as we were able to educate her on fall precautions and nutrition information, I left feeling again very fortunate to have found a position in home care and very excited for my future. I love the independence and professionalism involved with home care. We pretty much make our own schedule and  I feel like I am actually a nurse as opposed to the hospital where I just feel like an employee.  

I also notice I am not nervous when I'm working home care. There used to be a time where I was scared to drive to any new place alone. I was always afraid of getting lost. I can remember years ago when I was a nursing assistant I started a home care job and got all the way to the patients house and was too scared to do the actual visit. Even the two visits I did on my own, I didn't feel this way. I'm not sure where this bravery and confidence is coming from but I am embracing it. Perhaps it's my yoga practice, maybe I've matured, maybe the time is just right and this is what I am supposed to be doing? I guess it could be all of those things :) 

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting this. I have wanted to be a home health nurse since we had to get one in the home for my grandfather. I am currently studying at the moment and so it is really nice to read someone else's experience in the profession. Sometimes you get people who do not love it but I haven't met many.

    Angela Gibbs @ Med Care Pediatric

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    1. Hi Angela, thanks for your comment. Best wishes to you in your studies and your career

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