I am an on-call RN and have run into a situation I have never had before (been doing hospice 6 years) The company I work for is not providing an on call SW anymore, strictly to save money. There have been several times I have needed a SW for a family dealing with a crisis during a death visit and during emergency admissions and visits. It sure would have been nice to have a SW at the end of my phone to call and help out with the situations.
It is my understanding, SW is a core service under the COPs and should be available 24/7.
Is this appropriate???