Pros: independent work, flexibility of homecare schedule, as long as you finish your assignment
Cons: favoritism, unflexibility, false interest from don towards field nurses, long driving hours that keep you from seeing more patients, huge loads of documentation, supervisors not supportive, bad communication, chaotic scheduling and even supervision especially over the weekend, unsafe (orr patients) work load
I worked as a field nurse for 7 plus years and I loved my job. It used to be much more manegeable and enjoyable. With time things changed, new DON, more territories to cover, but also more work with less staff harder patients that required another level of care (you dont get your superiors support with issues like these). Increased workload and patient acuity, increased driving time (they do not pay per hour but by the number of patients you see so the more you drive the less you make unless you are willing to work til 10 pm which many times they told me that if I had to I would need to work til those hours-mind you the hours are supposed to be 8 am-4:30 pm) . We became understaffed and there was favoritism with newer nurses. Work load was unsafe and the quality of care was not the same as before. Discussed this with the highest authorities but they said they did not care and that basically you had to do what they wanted you to do or else. Really disappointing how things turned all about the money pretending to have the patients in the first place. I got burned out and fed up, I lived to work and document besides seeing patients which was the part i loved the most. Every time we nurses were requiered to document more and more. I worked and average of 10 hours a day 5 days a week. No time for family or life. I am very happy I quit. Field nurses are very unappreciated and even exploited and they do not really think about patients, but the money they want to make.