I graduated in May 2012 and only did home health for a couple months before coming into Hospice. I have been an RN Case Manager with Hospice for 7 months now. I really do enjoy Hospice, especially comforting my patient and their family in those final hours. I feel confident for the most part in my role, and feel that I do a very good job. The issue is that my company is expanding and we are new to the area I am in. I am currently the only nurse covering an 80+ mile radius. I only have 8 patients as of this moment, but I do at least 1 admission a week, and am worried about our area growing too fast before another nurse is hired. Supposedly they are looking for a PRN nurse to assist me, but it has been 2 months now with no applicants, which I don't understand. The other issue is that almost all the call is placed on me. I take call anywhere from 20-25 days out of the month. It is very draining. I am unhappy more often than not. I spend a lot of time thinking about and searching for new jobs. I am worried that this is just how it is, how all of nursing is, how the working world is, and I just need to get used to it. Is that the case? Would I be better suited for a Hospice House with set hours, and patients in the condition I find most rewarding? Should I switch gears completely and try hospital nursing? The hours of the job are killing me more than anything. I work with an incredible team of nurses, and dont know if I even have the balls to leave them in a bind- 8 patients with NO nurse. This company gave me a shot as a new nurse that no one else would, and I am very grateful, but I am invaluable to them at this point in time, but feel as if I am being somewhat used. PLEASE lend me your advice and support!