After a year and half of working for a pediatric home care company I am beyond frustrated. I've been trying to find a new position for months now and although I have had a few interviews I haven't had any offers. I do enjoy the work but the schedule is driving me crazy! I currently work third shift and have a primary case. While third shift is not ideal I do understand we all have to pay our dues. My frustration is that the parents on my case really like me. I know that sounds like it wouldn't be a problem! However, I can't seem to get a regular schedule. It seems like every time I have a day off scheduled they either can't find a another nurse to cover or the parents request that I work and give me a pretty good guilt trip. For example last month I only had four days off the whole month, all of which were open shifts and had no coverage. I was receiving constant emails from the home care office and constant pressure to pick up the shifts from the parents. For those of you that currently work in home care/private duty how do you handle these situations. I need days off to recharge. They can't expect me to work everyday can they?