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I recently started a job as a private in home care giver for an individual with severe cerebral palsy. Duties are primarily cooking, feeding, bathing, changing, etc. But I also administer meds and fluids through a peg tube.
In a nursing home or rehab center this would obviously be patient contact, however, since this is done privately where I've just contracted with the patients mother and it's done in their home, is this patient exposure?
I have a lot of clinical experience as a paramedic, however I haven't done that for about three years, so it would be nice to add some more recent patient contact hours.
 

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This is a gray zone. Given that you have experience as a paramedic (really, a paramedic, not an EMT -- I am impressed!) this will be taken a bit more seriously than if you did not but it isn't a situation where the person you are caring for is called "the patient" so that's why I call it a gray zone.
 
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This is a gray zone. Given that you have experience as a paramedic (really, a paramedic, not an EMT -- I am impressed!) this will be taken a bit more seriously than if you did not but it isn't a situation where the person you are caring for is called "the patient" so that's why I call it a gray zone.
I agree, it's a tough call. I don't need the hours, per se, but having something more recent and even being able to send an update later on during the cycle would be nice. I'll probably not count it. Thanks for the advice!
 
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I tend to be conservative in calling this a clinical experience. While you are dealing with a patient, it is not in a clinical setting that would be akin to an environment where a doctor would work. Notice they call the experience clinical and not patient care hours.
 

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You can and should list this on your application as employment.
 

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I'm not an adcom but I would. The only variable is that you're not doing this physically within the walls of a clinical facility such as a hospital orECF.
 
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As an adcom, if I saw this on someone's application, I would probably consider it clinical experience if it's not technically classified as such.
 
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I recently started a job as a private in home care giver for an individual with severe cerebral palsy. Duties are primarily cooking, feeding, bathing, changing, etc. But I also administer meds and fluids through a peg tube.
In a nursing home or rehab center this would obviously be patient contact, however, since this is done privately where I've just contracted with the patients mother and it's done in their home, is this patient exposure?
I have a lot of clinical experience as a paramedic, however I haven't done that for about three years, so it would be nice to add some more recent patient contact hours.
I count it as such.
 
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