Nurses Burnout - page 2

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Nursing is a highly stressful profession. Yet still, there are millions of people who opted to be in this path. Some are lured by high job compensation while other individuals have no choice but to become nurses just because it... Read More


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    Nursing was a second career for me. Not for money, but by choice to do something meaningful. However, now 5 years in to the profession, I really understand that inpatient nursing is not a very good work environment. I think the most convincing evidence of this is that most of the people where I work (in a Level I trauma/surgical ICU) are under 35. The fact that so few people choose to stay in this profession is not surprising. The hours are awkward. The policies restrictive (with regard to leave, etc.). And the union literally has to fight for no raises. Once a positive healthy working environment is established in nursing, you can expect people to stay and enjoy their jobs. Stop treating nurses like factory workers!
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    I took close a year off because of burning out due to nursing administration and the sociopaths that hospitals seem to hire to be directors. I'm sick and tired of dealing with manipulative, lying sick people who can get hired into administrative positions because of the degrees they possess or the people they are able to successfully use. Every place I go, there's at least one if not more. God help you when they possess the title of CNO or Director. I am perfectly happy caring for patients and their families or loved ones. I am not happy with what is working in the hospital above me. I have been a nurse for a very long time and all I see is that nursing administration is getting worse. I feel more of a low level employee than I ever did before. I strongly discourage females from going into nursing for this very reason. I ACTIVELY discourage anyone from going into nursing. Hospitals and other healthcare facilities cannot function without nurses-this is why the bad treatment of nurses continue. If a facility can intimidate, threaten, bully, etc. the most valuable member of the healthcare team that they have, then they can pay substandard wages, force ridiculous working hours, not allow staff to take consecutive vacation time, the list goes on.
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    Before my disability made working impossible, I worked in a state psych hospital, where they had a unique way of dealing with burnout.

    After you notified the nurse manager that you were beginning to feel burned out, a match (for lack of a better way to express it) was found and you swapped with another nurse or aide.

    You were in another building, on a new floor, working with new people, etc. Sometimes you filled in for someone on maternity leave.
    Usually the swaps lasted from six weeks to three months and by then, the swapper was usually glad to return to the old assignment.
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    Quote from foggnm
    Nursing was a second career for me. Not for money, but by choice to do something meaningful. However, now 5 years in to the profession, I really understand that inpatient nursing is not a very good work environment. I think the most convincing evidence of this is that most of the people where I work (in a Level I trauma/surgical ICU) are under 35. The fact that so few people choose to stay in this profession is not surprising. The hours are awkward. The policies restrictive (with regard to leave, etc.). And the union literally has to fight for no raises. Once a positive healthy working environment is established in nursing, you can expect people to stay and enjoy their jobs. Stop treating nurses like factory workers!

    My dad works in a steel plant as a crane operator and gets paid much, much less than I do and gets treated way better. Personal days are personal days. Time off is generally approved easily. Even when he sprained his wrist this year they gave him time off and then extra time off when my grandma had some issues so he could help my mom and I with her. They have been very good to him in the 28 years he has worked there. He is union and gets his lunch and breaks.

    Nurses aren't able to take lunch and breaks when needed. Time off is sometimes very difficult to get.
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