I was a hospice RN for 9 years and loved every minute of my job; I'd still be doing it if it were my choice, but I had some health concerns. Sometimes in the field when I'd be driving around from home to home, I'd pinch myself, saying, "someone PAYS me to do the work I love?". (sounds a bit Pollyannaish, but it was true).
Yes, people died, but then I felt they were at peace, and completely out of physical/emotional/spiritual pain and I felt that then I'd done my job as a nursing professional. I continue/d to memorialize them and remember the family members when I drive near or by their homes, and I'd remembe the fun times after a visit meeting w/ the patient and/or famiily in the kitchen over a cup of coffee.
I don't know how other programs do their on-call, but I do know from my previous agency, that that one posed a problem on occasion. Maybe others have it worked out differently. Check it out.
I found hospice to be nourishing for the soul, and 18 months away from it, I still feel part of it, and continue to remain good friends with some of my TEAM-members. If hospice doesn't reflect the true TEAM approach to patient care, in my mind, nothing does!