Last admission I did took 5 hrs. I am a 13 year hospice nurse. The day we admitted the same day as the referral is over. By the time you get Dr OK/order, set up with MSW a meeting with the pt/family, get living will, POA, Medical rep IN WRITTING, check with insurance, talk with pt/family, get approval, impliment POC, and then finally do you true nursing care like making pt comfortable, set up in the home setting or in the ECF. In between all this you do a little charting but know you set down at your desk to finish all the paperwork. YEP about 5 hrs.