"Nurses Are You Interested In Clocking In At Home”? If you're a Nurse with at least two years of; Peds, PICU or NICU Nursing Experience within the last five years, and you may be interested in caring for one of Gods medically fragile little Angels. Please contact us by utilizing our "Contact US" button.
Angels In Waiting will contact you and address any questions you may have. Yes, Our Program can be duplicated in every state, due to the fact it's a “Federally Funded Program”. Nurses, Please Help Us, Save Countless Childhoods.
Clocking In At Home…
It's another early morning for Linda West Conforti, RN.
Much like the many other mornings in her nursing career except this particular morning Linda isn't clocking in at the hospital. She is clocking in at home. Certified as a Foster Parent for Medically Fragile children and an Independent Nurse Provider with the State of California, Linda's workday begins and ends in her own home; a comfortable setting for Linda and the medically fragile children in her care. This commute to work doesn't require paying the high cost of gas, the stress of a crowded morning freeway or the search for that elusive parking space. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Fourth of July, birthdays and other special holidays are now celebrated with her family at home rather than in the hospital working a 12 hour shift.
In the time she's been a Foster Parent, Linda has brought a number of micro preemie babies back to health. These babies present special challenges because they are uncomfortable with touch and stimulation. Linda uses kangarooing coddlers’ to help with the babies' bonding process and facilitate their sensory development. Linda has also provided care for children with a plethora of health conditions and defects who required specific monitoring and an educated eye toward mitigating potential problems. Then came Sammy - a 24 week micro preemie (17 ounces!) with hemangiomas (swollen blood tumors) both inside and outside of his body, and short bowel syndrome due to Necrotizing Enter colitis (NEC) (tissue death of parts of the bowels). Read "Sammy Story"
The futures for these children were bleak until Linda removed them from institutional- like settings. Now, a short seven years later, and 40+ Nurses caring for our “Angels In Waiting” many of the foster care children have transformed medically and are in healthy, loving, permanent homes; well on their way to a more promising future.
* Nurses be aware; 85 % of us nurses adopt our patients. Here are my two “ANGELS”…
How does this transfer to a paycheck?
Linda receives a trivial compensation by the Department Of Family and Children Service (DFCS), for caring for the medically fragile foster children and bills the EPSDT In-Home Operations Section of Medi-Cal as an Independent Nurse Provider for her in-home skilled nursing hours.
The certification process for becoming a Foster Parent varies from county to county and foster agency to foster agency but can easily be completed while maintaining the nurses' current employment. Call your county Department of Family Children Services and/or a local Foster Family Agency (FFA), making sure the FFA is licensed for Medically Fragile foster care clients, plus, contracts for Medically Fragile foster children.
The approval process for becoming an Independent Nurse Provider can take several weeks to several months to complete and for you to become an Independent Nurse Provider (INP).
Phone number for the EPSDT- IN Home Operations. INP packet Call: 916- 552- 9105
An Independent Nurse Provider
I am an Independent Nurse Provider. I have the education, ability and desire to take an abused, forgotten or medically fragile child from the hospital, group home or social worker into my home where they can reach their full potential, surrounded by love. In my family environment they can play in the garden, run with a puppy, ride a pony, go shopping, see the ocean, laugh at Disneyland and enjoy a life secured in the knowledge that Mommy-Nurse will fight the dragons while the child is just that - a child.
I will tuck this child into its own bed at night and be there again in the morning to help greet the day. The child will know love, care and consistency. As a Nurse I will provide for their medical needs and bill Medi-Cal accordingly from the comfort of my own home. I will run their IV's, administer their medications, feed them through their stomach tubes, change their dressings and advocate for them at numerous doctor visits and through hospitalizations. The child will never again face doctors and procedures alone; never again cower in a hospital crib or sleep sitting up out of fear.
As their Mommy I will nurture, teach, encourage and praise their abilities and efforts, giving them a foundation of love and hope on which to build their lives. Some of us will leave our hospital jobs or decrease the number of hours we work at the hospital in order to take these children into our homes. Some of us will adopt our child. Others will provide the love and skills necessary to heal the child and then let them go on to a permanent home.
Written By, Charla Kingsley, RN INP Lexie’s mom