I am a new SOC nurse, and new to HH. I am already feeling extremely burnt out. I spend my day driving around hunting patients who about half the time won't answer their phone, don't want me to come until afternoon or aren't home and we have to make 3 attempts before we can finally call their Doctor and say we can't get a hold of them/they aren't returning calls. The driving isn't a big deal, the problem is that patients are hard to get a hold of and sometimes the information is bad or they end up being a duplication of services etc...there just seems to be a lot of problems getting my 2 to 3 SOC's a day. On top of this, I spend ALL my evening charting my SOCs - and there is so much duplication it's maddening. I have to have the patient sign twice in my computer but then sign a paper copy of the contract, then fill out multiple paper forms, then I have to send a report email to multiple people and part of the information from the patient packet received (and forwarded to all the people on the report email) I still have to type out in the report. It's tedious and frustrating. My husband is getting very irritated which is unusual for him, he's usually really laid back. I spend zero time with him in the evening because I'm charting until bedtime, stressed out and don't have time to do basic things for myself such as go to the store to get snacks to put in my car! How is anyone doing this day to day? I like the job, I HATE the unrealistic expectations and fact that I work hours and hours five days per week. I want a life, I want to be able to come home and RELAX, to de-compress and rejuvenate myself. I want to go to the gym, go to dinner with my husband or be able to run to the store. Is anyone doing start of care in HH able to have a life? Why is it so hard to find a good paying job that isn't made more stressful then it should be, full of drama or their is bad management who doesn't care if they work you into the ground?