Brief history: I have been an RN for 22 years. I worked Med/Surg for a number of years in the '90s/early '00s, then took seven years off to stay home with our kids, then went back to work as a hospice on-call nurse in the field, then, due to needing more hours, as a hospice intake nurse in the office, then, when that job was changed to full-time hours that didn't accommodate my family's schedules, back to Med/Surg a few months ago (but with the same hospital system because I didn't want to look like a job hopper and switch companies so I've worked for this employer for almost a year and a half), which is where I am currently. However...in the midst of all of those years, I had cervical disc problems and had surgery on my neck twice. Since starting my current Med/Surg position, I am having very painful recurring neurological symptoms from my old neck injury, which I never had working at either hospice position, and I really don't feel that I can handle the physical aspect of Med/Surg any longer.
Back to my question: I have put out some feelers and applied for a couple of other jobs. A couple of home health care companies are very interested in me and want to interview me, but before I take that step, I need to know from those of you in the trenches, do you still find that home health beats up your body like Med/Surg? IOW, do you find yourself going into homes and having to lift patients, etc. with either no one or a family member to help you, or is it fairly easy on you physically? When I did on-call hospice nursing in the field, I had zero issues with pain and had to do very little hard physical work, for the most part. Is HHC similar to that, or would I be jumping from the frying pan into the fire?