Burnout: getting through the shift - page 2

by jrgcna

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. I've been a CNA for 8+... Read More


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    I've been a CNA for a year and a half and my personality has changed drastically. I dread my job, sometimes I cry when I get up to go in for my shift. It's constant stress. Away from the job I am moody and every little thing annoys me. I never felt like this before becoming a CNA. I'm exhausted, in pain most of the time, and all I want to do is be left alone and sleep all the time. I lost weight when I first started the job, but then I gained most back because the way I get through the shift is to tell myself I can go grab some Mcdonalds when I get done at 11:15pm and do nothing but sit on the internet all night. I'm too tired to cook, heck, I'm too tired to climb the steps to my apartment when I get home. I know I'm moody and feel awful when I am short with people outside of work, but I can't force myself to stop dreading my job. :/ I too wish I knew how to make it better.
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    Same here. I am a total B now. I think I scare people.
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    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?'
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    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.
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    Sometimes I can't even tell if someone has dementia anymore!
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    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.


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