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Nurse Stella
10-07-2007, 07:09 AM
I hate being on call. In Home Health and Hospice a nurse is available 24/7. We rotate weekends and weeknights, but I still don't like it. I tend to be the type of person who lays half awake all night waiting for the pager to go off. Most nights it doesn't, so I'm just semi tired the next day. This is my weekend on, and at 0230 I got paged to call the hospital on a hospice patient. I didn't have to go out, and took care of med changes by phone. I was done by 0300. However, I'm still wide awake now, at 0600. I also have patients to see today as the on call nurse does all the weekend ''daily'' visits for dressing changes, etc. It's going to be a long day and I don't have a day off now til next Saturday. Sometimes I think I'm getting too old for this. How do the rest of you handle being "on call"?

B.

Polaris
10-07-2007, 01:30 PM
I don't like being on call either. I feel trapped to the house, even though that's not really the truth. Every time the phone rings, I flinch and my kids automatically ask "do you have to go to work Mom?"

My call lasts for a week at a time for the hospital. For the medical examiner's office I"m on virtually all the time. But I don't mind call for that - funny, isn't it? I love love love that job - so call doesn't bother me.

Maybe I'm "job bipolar" LOL

J

jojodow
10-07-2007, 03:31 PM
That's the whole reason I chose not to work Home Health.

Maybe when Ari's older.

Nurse Stella
10-08-2007, 06:52 AM
Maybe I'm "job bipolar"

LOL- I like that phrase! We rotate weekends- every 8th usually, and each do one weeknight. My husband does "call" a week at a time, (He's in MIS at the local hospital) and lately we have not been able to co-ordinate being on the same weekends.

I feel trapped to the house, even though that's not really the truth. I'm the same way. Especially on the weekends. The last thing I want is to be in the middle of grocery store or a yard sale and have the beeper go off. We have very poor cell service up here, so no cell phones. And it's getting harder and harder to find a pay phone around here. On the plus side, (if there is one), I don't like to start projects around the house, either. I'd hate to be in the middle of cleaning out a closet and have to go out! :laugh: Hubby makes dinner on my weekends 'on'.

B.

Burnout Hag RN
10-11-2007, 06:40 PM
I think the ratio of hating being on call is directly related to the compensation you receive being on call

Nurse Stella
10-11-2007, 08:58 PM
I think the ratio of hating being on call is directly related to the compensation you receive being on call

I don't think they could pay me enough to not hate it. We get $2.50 an hour to carry the pager. If you take a phone call from or about a patient, it's your flat base pay for the amount of time you spend on the call and charting. If you have to go out, it's milage and time and a half for the length of time your out, or minimum of 1 hour. Not enough to make me even just dislike it!:hahaha:

B.