Do any of you guys have this problem? On my first night back on, I feel this overwhelming anxiety and depression before I go into work. Once I'm there, I'm kind of ok. But I hate this feeling. The following nights after the first night are a little better, but I still feel anxious and uncomfortable. I'm a travel nurse and don't really have friends at work, so may be that has something to do with it, but I remember feeling this way even when I was a staff nurse at my old hospital, maybe not as intense.
Anyway do you guys ever feel super anxious and depressed before going into work and what do you do to alleviate this? I work nights on a busy high-acuity cardiothoracic unit with very sick patients. Sigh.
Aug 19, '07
Anxiety before work (especially on a Sunday night) is very common! Almost all the nurses I work with in an acute care floor have this problem (from new 1 yr nurses to nurses there 15+ years) Most of us only have it the first night of a 2 day shift - after the 12 hour shift we're pretty tired and can sleep for the next shift.
At our unit we love the travel nurses - try to find a friendly soul at this present assignment. Some of our nicest travelers we are sad to see go ....well, we throw "going away parties for" they are the ones that were right there in an emergency or offering (without being asked) to help someone out that was swamped. I think travelers are an amazing breed - maybe I'll try it someday but it's not for me yet!
Here's wishing you some peaceful ZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz's in your near future!
I have to get some sleep myself!
Last edit by YellowFinchFan on Aug 19, '07