What can nurses do to be more happy in their career? - page 4

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Nursing can be stressful at times. Every often we get a patient that pushes our buttons. We just want to scream and tell them a thing or two. Other days we are overwhelmed with the number of patients we have. Running up and... Read More


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    I like a little wine.
    I walk and ride my bike...sometimes I snow shoe in the winter.
    I play the guitar.
    Online play money poker helps me to destress.
    Prayer helps me maintain my perspective.

    Mostly, I love nursing and desire to work...so I pay attention to work/play balance.
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    Leave work at work. Once the day is over, leave and be grateful that a, b, or c are in no way related to you and therefore cannot go home with you and remember...tomorrow is another day.
    I love my job, but encounter enough people during the course of my day that make me go, "really? What were you thinking? and you still wonder why you are in the hospital???" so that at the end of the day frustration can set in.
    Walk away and be grateful for the small blessings in your life.
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    hot baths, sleeping and doing nothing that deals with other human beings on my first day off unless I go to get somthing to eat at a drive through cause on my first day off im lazy as all get out to cook anything to eat! facebooking and going for a dive in the country, getting my fix of coca-cola and shania twain and insperational music always helped too, to start the shift off right. sometimes even seeing what my friends have done on the days I had to worked helped to and hanging out with friends on my days off helped make going back to work in a better happier attitude helped alot to cause durring my three day strech I got somthing to look forword to do on my days off..
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    think of it as my job not my life. i like to exercise at the gym, drive, read mindless books, watch reality tv , and shop shop shop and online shop
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    work in a setting you truly feel passionate about !
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    I've been a nurse for (yikes) 30 years. Every few years I ask myself why am I still in the business. I'm a DNS in long term care. Between the shrinking payment system, the plethora of less than stellar nurses (in the hospital too), the ever growing piles of regulations, and the DPH, I'm about ready to call it quits.Then I go in for one more day and see the man who was close to death when he was admitted and now has an order to be discharged back home with his wife of 70 years. Or the resident who was extremely anxious and screaming is now sitting calmly because we assessed her needs and figured out what was so upsetting to her. Or the 94 year old long term resident with dementia who blows me a kiss every morning and tells me I should make more money than those "rotten Red Sox players" because I'm cute and really help people.If all this fails to lift my spirits, I go home, drink a rather large glass of wine, put in a CD and sing at the top of my lungs.We all need to take care of ourselves if we're going to keep taking care of other people.
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    Quote from CapeCodMermaid
    I've been a nurse for (yikes) 30 years. Every few years I ask myself why am I still in the business. I'm a DNS in long term care. Between the shrinking payment system, the plethora of less than stellar nurses (in the hospital too), the ever growing piles of regulations, and the DPH, I'm about ready to call it quits.Then I go in for one more day and see the man who was close to death when he was admitted and now has an order to be discharged back home with his wife of 70 years. Or the resident who was extremely anxious and screaming is now sitting calmly because we assessed her needs and figured out what was so upsetting to her. Or the 94 year old long term resident with dementia who blows me a kiss every morning and tells me I should make more money than those "rotten Red Sox players" because I'm cute and really help people.If all this fails to lift my spirits, I go home, drink a rather large glass of wine, put in a CD and sing at the top of my lungs.We all need to take care of ourselves if we're going to keep taking care of other people.
    Love this! This is why I think I would love working in LTC- our elderly patients are often unrecognized gems.
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    spend all my hard earned money to do stuff that i enjoy such as shopping and travelling!
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    Leave the profession. Period.
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    Quote from NJnewRN
    Leave the profession. Period.
    They wouldn't be happy "in" a nursing career then, would they?

    People who don't like nursing should leave the profession. That is different from people who may not have the best nursing job in the world.
    onetiredmomma likes this.


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