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by Tiff3790 Tiff3790 (New) New


I have been doing a little bit of home health case management, but mainly hospice case management for almost two years now. I have loved every minute of being a hospice nurse even though it is a very exhausting job. I recently have become burnt-out. I am the type of person that gives all of my attention and time to my patients. I really truly care. I feel like I've given too much of my time to my pts and their families. I am getting texts or calls even when I'm not working, such as at night or on the weekends. I have tried to make changes such as ignore calls when they come in, but my director even told me that I have to at least answer my texts from the on call nurse....which is understandable, but then again I feel like I can't go anywhere without my phone. I've heard of nurses doing hospice for 13+ years and love it. I don't know how to not get burnout. I love that it is so flexible, but then again I'm working 24/7. I work all day and come home and chart most of the night. I feel like I can't do it anymore.

I've changed jobs though quite frequently since I have become a nurse. I started out working at an ALF and rehab as an LPN until I got my RN, then switched to home health and hospice for 11 months and then quit because I was going through a divorce and finishing up the BSN program (the company I worked for wasn't supportive at all). Now I'm working at a new home health and hospice company that is wonderful, but I still feel like I'm working all the time and charting all the time. I have been an RN for 2 years now. Recently graduated with my BSN this past May. I really would like to get into wound care somewhere just to get a break from the case management side. Do you guys think that since I've changed my jobs that often that I will have a hard time getting another job?

I would love all your thoughts, advice, etc. Thanks so much!

xoemmylouox, ASN, RN

Has 13 years experience.

You can always apply and see what happens.

classicdame, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Hospital Education Coordinator.

try keeping a log of many calls/texts you get and how much time it consumed. Tally that up in a week or a month and show your boss. Ask for compensation, as it is all "work". You won't get it, but at least you will have an objective reason to look for a job that pays you for the time you work, if that is your major complaint.