In November I took a job as a hospice nurse. I was told it was M-F 8-4:30. I'd be on call every fifth weekend. I was told that we have an on-call nurse for during the week although when she is off the other nurses do have to pick up the slack. I told them I was going back to school in Jan 2010 to work on m BSN. They asked me would it interfere with my work schedule. I said no.
Boy was I wrong!
I love the job! I really do. I love my patients, the driving and chill-out time I get to do in my car inbetween patients, and I really like the people I work with. But I'm exhausted. We're short staffed (apparently it's really hard to find hospice nurses due to the on-call component of the job), w're crazy busy (we get tons of referrals everyday) making all the nurses stressed out, the charting is insane (apparently we're the only ones around doing some special charting called Guidelines to make sure we meet Medicare standards), and the on-call nurse is on leave (so we're all rotating weekday call in addition to our weekends). Meaning if somebody dies or has pain at 0230 in the morning then you have to get out and go take care of them even though you're expected in at work at 800 in the morning. It's a lot. Plus it can be emotionally draining.
I really feel that with school and other things going on in my life I need to be part-time (three days a week and of course doing on-call). I don't plan on broaching the subject until late March/early April, letting them know I'll have to cut back starting May 1st (summer semester starts).
What do you guys think? Would you be pissed if you were my team? We all depend on each other and it's not a regular nursing job where you just do your shift and go home. Often you're staying over and charting on a patient after you're officially supposed to be "off". Or you're at home writing out your schedule for the next day and trying to remember what to do for what patient. It's a full-time job PLUS. I can't work full time plus and finish my degree and have a life. I love the job (and that's the first time I've ever been able to say that since I became a nurse!) but I need to cut back.
In my situation what's the best way for me to proclaim my love for the job, but let it be known that I simply cannot continue to work the schedule I currently have and ask to be switched to part-time status.