I've been in HH for a little over one year and have loved the freedom of my job (I've spent the last 7 years in facilities). I have loved everything that everyone else on here raves about. However I'm now faced with some issues at home and in life that are making me question whether I want to go back to fieldwork/case management.
I'm currently on a leave of absence to take care of some things at home. I've started to think about work, and how I've totally let it control my life! I always went into overtime due to my drive time and the charting. They had given me more responsibilities and a larger geographical distance the past few months. There is a job opening in the agency's office for a RN and I'm thinking about taking it. It has to do with auditing charts. I'd have to give up the perks of working in the field but I'd also have a predictable day at work!
I'd be free of the constant pages/phone calls from the office regarding patients. I'd be free of trying to figure out how early to go visit patients in horrendous neighborhoods (I had a pt ask why the agency didn't provide guns for nurses). I'd be free of some difficult patients/situations.
But I'd also be leaving patient care. I like the relationships I have with my patients and have thought of them often while I've been on leave. Then again, I seem to lack the ability to "turn it off" when not working.
So, any input would be appreciated...I think my pay would be the same. My commute would be minimal to the office. It's not like I can't ever go back to the field, right??