I am a male looking to get into hospice care but I am curious about the work hours in this specialty. I have seen posts in this saying easily 50-60 hours a week. I find this gross. Are there any hospice nurses that work 36-40? Moreover can you have a say as to how much you wish to work?
Also where do hospice nurses tend to work more, home visits or hospital?
Any input would be appreciated.
Aug 14, '17
Hospital nurses working in a hospice ward just work shifts like any other hospital nurse. Same thing with hospice house. So if restricting your hours are important to you, that would be a good place to start.
Hospice case managers work a minimum of 50 hours per week in my experience, and are usually salaried. But other RNs in hospice (on-call, weekends, etc) work shifts, so you can work as many or as few shifts as your employer allows you to.
Dec 28, '17
I worked hospice for 8 years. Generally I worked about 40-45 hours a week but one of the worst things about hospice is oncall! They put you on a salary so they don't have to pay overtime. The on call rotation was about 3 Days a month, I would have to work all day, then be on call all night until 8am the next morning,and when it was your time to do a wkend day it was a 24 hour oncall. There is a lot of driving, a lot of filthy houses and dysfunctional, mentally ill people you deal with(patients and family). if you get off at 5 and one of your patients calls at 4:30 you are expected to go out and see them, the visit could last an hour or two. The good- flexibility, no micromanaging, you work alone and no time clock. I left 6 months ago and never plan to go back!
Last edit by Danni10 on Dec 28, '17