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Can a new grad start out in home health and get a lot of experience to then transfer to work in a hospital?


August 5th, 2022

As a retired educator, I do not believe home health is enough experience to go into hospital nursing. Home health is excellent to practice your assessment skills but in todays specialty world you would need additional training. Some hospitals do orient new graduates or nurses with very little experience for specialty areas. Specific technology can be learned.
Nurses are needed everywhere. If home health is what you like, go for it. If it doesn’t turn out to be where you want to stay, search for a place that will train you for where you really want to be. Take extra training courses to enhance your knowledge base. There is always a way to prepare nurses for their desired role. Patients need dedicated nurses everywhere.

August 7th, 2022

I personally think it’s not much different. I started out in pediatric home health and skilled nursing facilities. Honestly the skills are basically the same, however there are some things you won’t do in home health or skilled nursing as often as you do in a hospital. But I don’t think it made me any less experienced. I’m my opinion it made me more experienced because I know how things work post discharge and now that I’m finally able to get a job in a hospital I know what it’s like on the inside.