Hi - I'm considering an on call hospice position that is 3 evening/nights and two 24 hour weekend days a pay period. No regular hours. It's a fairly busy hospice in a very small city and well managed. My background is firefighter/paramedic then ED nurse. I've always worked on call in addition to my regular hours and don't mind it. What will I like/hate about this position and the hours? Need input from those that have done it.
Did they give you ANY idea at all of the hours you might expect to take 'real call' cases?
Hi- I asked about this and was told that I would never be up all night, but I would rarely have a call shift with no calls. Not much help I know.
Listen to your heart. I am currently working an on call only position for a Hospice company and love it. Although I rarely get a night without a call, each call I answer and visit I make reinforce that I am in the perfect career. The gratitude the patients and/or families express and knowing that I provided support to those who need it most make it worth the nights of multiple calls or being out all night. I also like the challenge of not knowing what I'm walking into and having to think on my feet. I feel like I get more out of the visits than I give. I became a nurse to work in Hospice because of the care my grandmother received from her Hospice nurses over a decade ago. I decided I wanted to provide to others what the Hospice nurses provided to my grandmother and to us, her family. This is my calling and I wouldn't want to do anything else.
I did this years ago. I love hospice and needed the income. In fact, I got calls every night, and usually could handle them by phone. I did go out every third night or so, but I was never up all night. I worked my day job around it.
Not easy, but doable.
First-census. Does this company have 50 pts or 200? Coverage area. 50 mile radius of office is standard. Time to get to each visit-once call comes in you have 5min to call facility/family/Pt give instructions n get out the door within 10 minutes and arrive to pts location within 1hour. W your background you should do fine. I do 3-15h shifts Friday, Saturday, Sunday. We have 190 pts. I am primary rn with 2-lpn runners. It's doable. But remember with each call and visit-there is charting. I would commit to only 3-night shifts. Or just the two day weekend shifts.
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