I am sick of working all day then having to go out again at night for oncall SOC, working every major holiday and weekends are the worst! I work for a small outfit so there's 4 of us and we're sread pretty thin. Management does not do call except 1 wknigt per month. I love my job but hey I'm 45 yo and these all-nighters are killin me. How does your oncall work, anybody else out there getting weary?
Dec 5, '02
We do NOT schedule openings after 4PM. If a new enteral patient needs PM teach, RN goes out by 4-5PM to do consent paperwork and teach caregiver basics to get thru the night; OASIS is done in the AM next day---you do have 24 hrs to complete it! We admit ~800 pts a month in 5 county City/suburban area and have ONE RN on call in Eve---average go out 1-2 x per week with many weeks no visits. 4-5 RNS cover on call---sometimes they take a whole week but if a lot of eve visits for emergency catheter replacement due retenion, the will switch nights with each other. Motto id to have all staff off streets by 6PM. We DO NOT have IV infusion or Hospice---that is a different story. PM visits count toward weekly total so daytime visits would be cut.
Ive been there in 2 smaller outfits in similar scenerios to yours with IV teams BUT my visits would be reduced, knew what I was accepting to make $150/week on call plus $250/weekend oncall.
Get together with the other nurses, write up your concerns and try to give alternatives to group. If you all stand supportive, something has to give or feet will walk. I finally did that last position and they folded 6 months later, LOL. ONLY 4 persons on call leads to quick burnout if being abused.
Let us know what you decide.
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Dec 5, '02