One of Hannah's nurses is considering leaving the agency we use. I can't say that I blame her...they don't pay well and they treat their nurses horribly. I was hoping she'd hang on until after Hannah's LTP in the Spring...she may change her mind, but I'm trying to figure out my options.
I know they'll give me the song and dance of, we don't have any nurses to staff, blah blah blah. Hannah has been sick the last few days, on antibiotics and our room air trials came to a halt. I am just not really in the mood to get used to a new nurse all over again, not to mention have them get used to Hannah. And some of the new nurses they send out are just "questionable".
So, I'm thinking of looking for an independent provider. I have a list provided by our case mgr for Medicaid Waiver. I just don't know where to start. I mean, do I just start making calls? Can I ask them to bring a background check? Provide documentation of CPR certification? A resume? One of Hannah's current nurses is also set up to be an independent provider, and she has said that most of your independent providers are very reliable.
I was just wondering if anyone has used them and if it was anymore stressful than just having new nurse after new nurse from the agency come out and orient. Ohhhh...I wish it was spring.
Thanks for any advice.
Mommy to Hannah 8/2/03: fmr 25-weeker, trached 11/03 for subglottic stenosis, LTP 4/05, CTR 4/06, LTP 1/07. Decannulated 1/19/2007!! Gearing up for reconstruction #4; Also Mom to Brianna, 2/22/98: fmr 24-weeker, a little dramaqueen. My amazing gifts.