Hello again, thanks for all the warm welcomes! There is a program in Mass (through mass health) that allows nurses to apply for a "provider number" and can then operate as an independent provider for children with medical needs. They bill mass health directly and are responsible for all their own records/paperwork that is needed to care for the child safely. This saves the state lots of money because instead of paying an agency big $$$$ they only pay a portion of that to the individual nurse. (which the nurse would have received from the agency anyway after the agency takes their cut) It is my understanding that this is a pretty new program and was in a trial phase a few years ago but worked well (and saved state money) so now it is a program but not very well known. Families can use agency, independent nursing or combination of both. I am thinking about doing this since I am a nurse. I currently work in a nursing home a few days a week and am on my feet passing meds for 5 of the 8 hours I am working. It is pretty much non-stop and I don't know how much longer I can continue at this rate. I am exhausted from taking care of three kids and the home but we need the income.
I am interested in hearing opinions regarding your nurses and the experience they have. Did your nurses know what they were doing when they started working for you or did you have to show them how to do stuff? Like I said I have years of nursing home experience and my "pediatric" experience has been learned by taking care of my own daughter. Would it matter to you that I have not had years of pedi experience? I would hate to go through the application process and then not be able to find families to work for because they think I am "inexperienced". Any opinions would be great, thanks.
Mom of Makayla 9, Julia 5 and Amaya 3 years who has spina bifida, hydro/vp shunt, chiari II malformation and decompressed 3Xs, VCP, central sleep apnea, trached and g-tube at 1year, sleeps with vent/cpap. Is cruisin around in her pink chair and loving the FREEDOM!!