A typical day at work was (came in at 7:30) 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and on-call status of 5:01 to next day 8:00 am. On-call hours often exceeded 60 hours per week in addition to 40 hours of regular working time. Most weeks there were multiple scheduled days of being on call; sometimes there was a break of 2 to 5 days between being on call.
Co-workers were friendly, helpful when in office. Case manager RN often worked alone driving between 30 and 95 miles per day visiting various clients. Manager was frequently absent from office but able to be contacted via telephone. There were 2 MD IDT meetings: one every week for each Hospice designated MD. Paperwork is heavy.
The most difficult aspect of the job was traveling lengthy distances to various mountain locations where cellular phone service was not available, and on-call visits occurred during all hours for one nurse who was expected to continue regularly scheduled visits during the next day; sleep deprivation was a constant issue.
The most enjoyable part of the job were the patients, and their families.