In reading some of your posts, I feel as if the majority of the home health nurses posting are experiencing burnout. Now, I'll probably get a ton of back-lashing for saying that, but I can take it...*S*
Why does it take hours to do an OASIS assessment? It generally takes me around an hour, hour and a half max to do an admission start of care, including OASIS. For the most part, it's just a check box; how long could that take? I'll bet the majority of you have computerized systems...the agency where I work is not, which makes it that much more time consuming. However, I still find that I'm not spending a lot of time on the paperwork. Is it redundant? You betcha...a hell of a lot of redundancy. Is it a pain in the bahonkas? Yep, sure is. Does the government know what they're doing? Probably not, but eventually it'll more than likely go back to the way it was, or change again. That's the good and bad of home health...if you don't like change, you won't like home health, because it is changing from day to day, week to week, etc.
I was an ER nurse for over 5 years before I went into home health and worked as a home health nurse for 5 years before moving to a different area. I went back to work in a hospital, in the ER, and finally found a position as the clinical nurse supervisor for the agency I work for. I didn't know how good I had it until I went back into the hospital setting! Working long hours, having patients yell at you b/c the wait is so long, having people stand over you, telling you that what you're doing isn't the right way....nope, wouldn't want to leave home health ever again, unless I was burn out....and I ain't there yet.
Sorry, didn't mean to make this so long...