Quote from RNKittyKat
I'm new in hospice. Just three months in the field from an ICU background. The honeymoon phase is over and I currently have a case load of 11 patients scattered in four facilities and two homes. I have no LPN help. There are family meetings, team meetings and then there's the paperwork.
I do feel rewarded in my work. I also feel tired. Countless hours of paperwork at home keep me feeling like I'm always "on". This feeling could be a source of burnout for me at some future date if I don't get a handle on it.
I'm with you. We have to stand firm and TELL THEM what WE are going to do. For instance, as of 5:30 tonight, I have 30 hours under my belt, i'm salaried...therefore they have one of two choices
a. I can work 5 hours tomorrow and 5 hours on friday...
b. I can work 4 hours tomorrow, and 6 hours on friday...
If they want me to get the admission done tomorrow, and see 3 patients
on friday along with the new admission followup; then they will choose B...
If they choose A, then one of the PRN nurses is going to get some hours on friday (and i've already spoken with her). It doesn't matter to me which they choose, but if I don't put my foot down, i'd be working 60 hours a week and I don 't do that now that i'm salaried.