I'm wondering if anyone currently has a position as a home care RN who does NOT take call? I've worked in home care for about 25 years now, and the only job I ever had where I did not take call was one where I worked every weekend. If you do not have to take call, does your agency have special on-call nurses? Are you full or part-time, or contingent? Is this something you negotiated as part of your hiring? Do you still work weekends or evenings? I'm just trying to gather info here. I've been struggling with burnout for quite some time, and thought a while back I'd be able to quit my job, but some circumstances have prevented that from happening. In thinking about it, I've realized that one of the primary stressors in my job is the frequency of taking call, without any additional time off to compensate. I'm just looking for ideas to help me before I talk to my supervisor.
If you are experiencing burnout, consider switching to extended care as a clinical supervisor, case manager, patient liaison, or field nurse. If you have to change agencies, any of them should be happy to scarf you up.