Use to be a hospice nurse...based on my experience and memory I can answer basics. Started in the office:would first check ongoing log book which had new admits/discharges/deaths/admits to our hospice home, admits to a hospital, etc...quick glance and you'd be updated insofar as the above categories...then quick team meeting in our general clinical area. Had a week's worth of visits already made up the week before which could and did change on a dime depending on pts.' needs and acuities/ that sort of thing.
Called pts. homes before leaving office and told them an approximate time I'd be arriving that day, asking them if they'd be needing any supplies such as dressings, incont. pads, hygiene products like rinseless body wash, wound care products etc.anything nursing or that family needed to provide ongoing care in the home when we weren't there. Obtained lab supplies to take out in case labs needed to be checked, any special procedure supplies like central line cleaning kits, foley caths., etc.
quick smoke with buddy nurses in the outside smoking area to vent before hitting the trail...then off to the trenches!
Usually saw a total of 5 pts. in a day. That, plus travel time made for a full day's work. One part of an afternoon per week was predesignated as a team meeting which was mandatory unless you had a death or other event which needed your presence. Lab drop offs were counted in to your day if labs were drawn but the lab wasn't too far from the office.
Multipe calls while on the road via cellphone to various doctor's for new orders and others on the multispecialty team of hospice such as social workers, other nurses with consult questions, etc.
Lots of paperwork, sometimes had the time in a typical day to either do it while in car parked somewhere safe in between pts., while in a pts' home if they'd let you and not talk the entire time so you could concentrate!, or if near office, pop back in to finish your day so you don't have paperwork at home on your time off when you should be spending it with family, SOs, anyway. Updates to team leader during day if any significant changes in pt's status or condition. Ordering via phone to durable medical suppliers for oxygen equipment, hospital beds, bedside commodes, overbed table, etc.
Calls to pharmacy inhouse to reorder meds if pt was close to needing refills or to their pharmacy of choice outside of our hospice pharmacy to make sure no one was out of meds and had to call our oncall nurse after hours.
Lots of teaching in the home to SOs to provide basic education of what was going on with their loved ones, what to do in case of emergency or urgent situations(emergency kit in refrigerator of all pts. in case of new symptoms/impending signs of death, new breakthru pain symptoms current pain meds didn't relieve).
Hope that this helps.