I'm fairly new here at AN, and I have a couple questions for all you hospice nurses out there.
Currently, I work in the hospital on a cardiac floor. I've been a nurse for a year now. Recently, our unit has been VERY short staffed, and we have all been getting mandated frequently (as in at least 1x/week). This is a huge issue for me b/c I do not have on call childcare, so to find out at 930 at night that I have to work til 730a is starting to be a huge issue and stressor for me.
I have a friend from nursing school who is a hospice nurse, I'd guesstimate she's been doing it for 4-5mos now. Her employer is hiring, the job would be on call every other weekend from FRI at 4p to MON at 8a (I think those are the hours) and I would be paid for the entire 62.5 hours, whether I take call or not. The pay is 1/2 the hourly wage I make now. My friend said the most she's ever worked on her weekend is 35 hours.
Does this sound typical pay/hours for hospice? I was thinking I could drop to PRN at the hospital and do this hospice job. Also, while I've chatted w/my friend, I'm curious what typical hospice visits are like. She told me she could be there anywhere from 30mins to 3-4 hours. Does this sound like ya'lls experience?
Any tips or advice you could give me would be much appreciated!