April 3, 2013 at 12:26 PM #6352
I feel lost and need more direction towards my career goals. I have been a nurse since 2008 and graduated at a Bachelor of Science level of education. I reached my goal of obtaining valuable experience in acute care at a large hospital in Connecticut. I made a life changing decision to stay home to care for several family members (I am the only nurse in my family).
I have been jumping job to job after attempts in searching for a permanent position. I really would like to work as a home care nurse making visits. I was hired at two different places, but the orientation training was inadequate and disorganized.
How do I convince an employer that there is value in being a private nurse for family and make it count as work experience?
Originally posted to Ask a Nurse on March 5th, 2013 by anhkim. Migrated to new user forums by Mighty Nurse.April 5, 2013 at 9:17 PM #6416
List the job duties and all other aspects as if you were a private duty nurse. Even a homemaker going back in the workforce can list the budgeting, scheduling, etc that it takes to run the house because that can apply to the workforce in many cases just as the medical care you gave at home can translate to patient care. List all of it down to medication administration as if it were any other job, because it was your job at the time.
Greg Meisinger, RN, MHAApril 7, 2013 at 2:42 PM #6434
I agree that your resume should list the care you provided your family members as though it were working for a staffing company. It is all in the way that you write it!
For example, “Private duty Home Care RN- 2010 to 2012. Provided home care to two patients with multiple chronic diseases. Assessment, care planning, supervision of non-licensed caregivers, medication administration, skin care, wound care, care coordination, communication with health care providers. etc, etc”
If you are serious about wanting to work in home care, don’t let a poorly organized orientation be the reason you leave a job. Stick with a job, learn all you can, and perhaps after you have been there a while, you can make improvements to the orientation process. If your orientation was not adequate, then politely ask the employer for more training.
There are a lot of resources on the web for learning, so if your employer does not provide what you need, educate yourself.May 5, 2013 at 10:31 PM #6763
There are so many home health agencies out there, don’t stop at 2. I would try and get a job at a hospital based home health which is where you would probably get the most appropriate training. Don’t forget about hospice also. Home hospice is a good field to go into and that is also an area where your experience would be valuable. Good luck!
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