when I started in home care (hospice and palliative care), it took me more than 6 months to find a system that works for me.
The pros for me are that I am very independent (which I love, I am that kind of nurse), I am in charge of my schedule, I use all my skills from basic care to access of ports and pumps and so on.
When I was new I had a huge learning curve about home care and the specifics of it, including OASIS, specific differences in care at home, and organizational skills. The last one is very important because it will make all the difference in management of your case load and how you get your work done within time.
You probably have a laptop I assume? Get a mouse to make your work faster, it helped me a lot, I even use it in the car and in the patient's house. Try hard to document as much as possible at point of care. The way I document is that I open the computer with the home visit to enter at least vital signs and as much info I can enter with the visit. A lot of documentation involves check boxes, easy to check off when you have a mouse and can scroll down. Whatever I can not document in the house I document right in the car. Now that I have practice it does not take me forever. In the beginning I did a lot of documentation in the office after all the visits because I had so many questions. Now that usually do not ave questions anymore I finish the docu and note for a patient right after the visit in the car - I park in the shade in summer...sometimes I have to drive a bit after the visit and park half way to the next patient, wherever I find a good spot to stop.
The more complicated documentation for certification / OASIS I safe for the office because I need to focus more but I still get as much done right with or right after the visit.
I used to schedule my last visit for 2 pm when I worked until 4 pm and started my day with day with the first visit right at 8 am. Good cases to schedule for first thing in my opinion are dressing changes or long-term clients. In the beginning I got some resistance about the last visit at 2 pm but with every new patient I would review my availability for visits - they are supposed to be home bound in order to receive home care - so 2 pm or earlier should not be a problem. That way you still have time for documentation left overs, some phone calls and such.
Boundaries - do not give out your cell phone number to patients. I give out the agency number and if somebody needs to reschedule or talk to me they call the agency. Let doctor's offices know when you expect a call back. I give my cell phone number to doctor's offices and other health professionals but never to the patient.
Get a "hands free" device so you can pick up the phone while driving safely. A lot of doctor's offices that call back call while I am driving and that way I can talk to them on the phone while I get from A to B. When I have to document I do that once I am stopped safely.
Think ahead for the week when you plan visits and plan twice a week for M/Th or T/F , 3 times a week for M/W/F and once a week W if you are full-time - that way you can even out somewhat once you have your own case load.
Invest time at the start of care. My first 2 visits are usually longer because I want to get the best idea about the pat and what I have to do and to outline the care / teaching. I am very structured in my notes and that way I can go back to the first note at any point to review if all what I outlined is done or if something is left to prepare for discharge.
Have snacks in your car and some water ... Usually I eat something around lunchtime, I usually eat while I document a visit in the car. In the beginning I often felt I had no time to eat and felt rushed to complete the visits but being hungry and thirsty did not help my mood and I felt more exhausted.
Compile a binder with cheat sheets - info about OASIS, phone numbers of doctor's offices and hospitals, elder service and so on, forms to use (medication lists). That way I do not lose time while searching for phone numbers.
Find a trusted mentor. Once you are off orientation you will still need to ask questions for some while. I had questions more frequently for the first half year, after that occasionally and after a year I was ok. But still, there are times you want to discuss a case, what to do and so on. A good mentor you can call on the road is really important in my opinion. Of course you also have a manager/supervisor you can call but a successful home care nurse who knows the business is essential.
If home care is not for you it is not for you and you should move on. After 6 weeks it is hard to say though. Perhaps above strategies can help you a bit. It really takes half a year at least to get even used to home care and getting the hang of it. It probably take at least one year to get truly comfortable and secure in decision making in home care.