Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod

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Updated May 5, 2015
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  1. Excellent agency

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse Per Diem in Hyannis, MA
    Former Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse Per Diem in Hyannis, MA

    I worked at Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    High expectations for quality of care rendered, which is exactly what you want in an employer. Team mates are all high quality, experienced nurses with excellent clinical skills, and you should be, too. Pay rate is better than average, but, again, it should be, because you are employing quality nurses, and it shows.

    Cons

    Not a lot of consistency with staffing patterns, which leads to a lack of continuity with patients. As a per diem, I understand that is the often the nature of the job, but it would be good to have more regularity with assignments. Perhaps hook up per diems with specific case mgrs so that the same group of people are generally seeing the same patients? Just a thought.

    Advice to Management

    My team leader changed frequently, and I didn't feel like any of the latter team leaders really knew anything about me. I understand that the agency is going through a period of growth and transition, but if you want to keep those quality nurses, it would be good to try to make the per diems a m ore integral part of the team.


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    A good fit for independent, experienced nurses

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Nurse in Barnstable, MA
    Current Employee - Staff Nurse in Barnstable, MA

    I have been working at Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod part-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility of hours, good money if you don't count the hours completing documentation after doing visits. pleasant work environment (because you're in your own car or patients' homes, not in a facility), often rewarding work that makes a real difference in patients' lives

    Cons

    Not very much back up available if you need advice out in the field; like most other home care agencies, the people in the office doing QA reviews and triaging phone calls spend FAR too much time delegating paperwork to the field staff, which only adds to the workload of full time staff; not very much "TEAM" action going on. I rarely see the other nurses, I never see any supervisors, and trying to get hold of an in-house supervisor for advice, or to bounce an idea off of anther clinician while you're out in the field, is virtually impossible. You are essentially on your own.

    Advice to Management

    People who are in positions that really SHOULD be supporting the nursing staff believe, and are treated by mgmt as, the real star players in this business. For example, in-house call-center personnel inevitably respond to all calls for advice or help in any given in-home situation with the instruction to "call the doctor . and document that's what you did". I've been a nurse for 30+ years; I KNOW when to call the MD. What I am often looking for is another nurse to run something by, and it's clear that the call center is not interested in that. They're far too busy reviewing OASIS paperwork.

    I love my job, and I love my patients, but sometimes, it would be good to have another person to discuss things with .



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