Burnout: getting through the shift - page 2

Hi, y'all. First time posting a new topic, and I hope you don't mind a little burnout vent. I'm having a hard time emotionally and I need someone to talk to. I think people here will understand. ... Read More

  1. by   WannaBNursey
    Quote from funtimes
    One thing thats changed after doing this job is I tend to tune out what patients say at work if its not some information im supposed to record/pass on. I deal with so many people with psychological problems, altered mentation, and dementia that I just dont even care what they say. I used to try to have legitimate conversations with patients, even after finding out they were the Queen of England or they were accusing me of dumping a jar of spiders into their room.

    Last night I had a patient who accused me of burning down his kitchen every time I came into his room. By the end of the night he was trying to choke me when I did vitals. A few years ago I might have found this mildly disturbing. 'Now Im just like oh your kitchen burned down? Thats too bad, nah wasnt me, can I see your arm for a minute so I can take your blood pressure?'
    That's happened to me too! I deal with so many patients with altered mental status, I've been hit at, threatened, etc so many times that I just write off what people say now. It does make it easier to keep cool in stressful situations,but at the same time I'm ignoring something that the patient is seeing and becoming upset over. I have to get back to home health and staffing so I can feel like I'm connecting with patients again. Having an actual connection with patients and seeing where they are coming from used to be the main reason why I loved CNA work...and now I feel incapable of doing just that.
  2. by   fuzzywuzzy
    Sometimes I can't even tell if someone has dementia anymore!
  3. by   rosey35cna
    I'm having horrible burn out as well. I think a lot of it has to do with being short staffed. I'm always stressed because I'm in a hurry.
  4. by   Crazyaid
    Im so glad that im not the only one that feels this way.