I am a new nurse, just graduated in May and got my license in July, 2011. I started my new job in August. I am having a tough time transitioning from student nurse to registered nurse. I have been working full time at the insistance of my company because management feels it is important for new nurses to gain as much experience as necessary. I do agree with their assessment. However, I am a mother of two young children and a wife whose husband misses her! It has been years (7) since I worked full time. I am on the 3-11 shift since this works best for our family right now.
I can not help but feel extremely stressed, rushed, and tired ALL THE TIME! It's hard to get to sleep when I get home; sometimes I don't fall asleep until 4am and then I have to get up by 7:30am to get the kids off to school. I try to go back to sleep, but it's a fitful sleep, not really restful. Sometimes I feel like I'm losing my mind! My husband said that I have been talking about work in my sleep!!
I love being a mom and wife, but I also love being a nurse. This is a second career for me. I'm 43 and recently diagnosed with RA. My employer is constantly understaffing and creating unsafe working conditions. I do not even take dinner breaks because if I do, I'll end up being there until all hours trying to get my work finished. I'M NEW SO I'M STILL VERY SLOW. I've been working for just a month and a half.
Does anyone have advice to help me cope? Thank you so much!