Flexible Hours & Challenging Patients
Pediatric Home Health Registered Nurse (Current Employee) – Shrewsbury, MA – June 22, 2016
Work a full shift at one home/day. You can have one or more cases, all shifts available depending on family needs. Many times, overtime is available if wanted by RN/LPN. They do hire new nurses with case specific orientation and training, although each case is different and there is a lot of on-the-job independent learning with office staff resource. These kids are usually ICU level patients, which is great for gaining that experience (trachs, feeding tubes, infusions, complex wound care and meds). Responsible for interdisciplinary communication, coordination with doctors, pharmacies, therapists, family and equipment companies. Base pay for a new grad is competitive and this was a good way to care for a population that is usually hard to get experience with. However, you really need to be flexible and professional (showing up on time, know what you are doing, etc.) because families have the right to remove you from their case if they are not satisfied. Placement is usually close to home, if available. There is not much contact with other field employees as you work different shifts, different patients. Some cons, little to no benefits offered (although time off is approved if given advanced notice), and paper documentation system (MAR, nursing notes, etc.) Overall, a good place to work if you enjoy complex care and are adaptable to learn.
flexible hours, complex care patients, constant learning
little benefits, slightly varying hours week-to-week, paper documentation