Does anyone else experience loneliness and feeling a bit isolated?
I LOVE agency work - its the best thing I could have done for my career and for me as a person. Since joining the agency 18 months ago I have discovered that the things I love best about the agency life are also the hardest to deal with at times. I say at times 'cos mostly it's not an issue for me but just lately I find I am very aware of feeling like "that agency nurse" all the time. You know, when another nurse says "who are you working with?" or "who's got the keys?" or "who's going to tea" or "whose patient is that?" and so on the answer is THAT AGENCY NURSE ie me. I dont really mind this (I do threaten to change my name badge to T.A.N.) but at times I feel lonely and this seems to reinforce the fact that I dont have a personality or something??
Any way I have got off track a bit.
I meant to ask whether other agency nurses feel lonely at times and how people cope with the loneliness of not being a regular staff member. Obviously ensuring lots of contact with friends outside work, and making conversation with the nurses you are assigned to each shift helps.
Its just becoming a bit of an issue for me at present. On the whole though I love the fact that I dont have to join in all the staff functions, and dont get caught up in all the back chat and the who said what to whom talk that goes on in wards.
To be honest what is keeping me sane at present when I'm feeling abit lonely or left out is ALLNURSES! It has to be the best antidote for feeling cut off.