Reluctantly moving. Need career advice

  1. I started doing home care in March as a temporary job until I moved out of state. I work 6 hours a day in one patient's home and occasionally 8 hour shifts with another patient. I love the flexibility that home care gives me. The problem I have is that on the 8 hour case I feel like a highly paid babysitter. I don't do anything that a family member or aide couldn't do. The 6 hour case, I do much more. I am a relatively new nurse and don't want to lose my skills. Now that I am moving, I must decide if I should continue in home care or try something else. The hours in HC are wonderful for me especially since I want to return home for a week at xmas to be with my family. This flexibility is really important since I won't have a support system around for my kids. HC can also be lonely. I am afraid that I will really miss having coworkers since I will be in a new area with no local friends. Should I check into visits instead? Is this area of home care also pretty flexible? Or should I be more particular about cases I accept? Or should I try something different? I don't know where else I can find a job that would allow me to go home for the holidays to see my sister and parents. I will really miss them. Sorry I sound like a whiner, I am just scared and sad to move and I want to make the best decision for my family and myself. Thank you.
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  3. by   renerian
    You can always ask for higher tech cases? What would you like to do as far as patient care?