It's been a year. And I'm already burned out. Is it wrong of me to think of switching to part-time??
I feel ya! I'm 9 months in and feeling pretty crispy. The running around and not even being able to truly interact with patients is quite irritating. I love the teaching aspect of nursing, but when you have so many patients, so many tasks, and so little time...I just feel like a med and charting robot. A REALLY good day on my floor is 6 patients. The norm is 7 to 8 and often times we have 9 (on eves! Which is uber busy!) I don't even start charting until my shift is over so then get stuck there another 1 to 2 hours over. (Meanwhile, I often have to stop charting to answer a light or run to a bed alarm going off because nights is short and has only one aide). Getting admissions makes me nearly cry sometimes because I am so overwhelmed with my enormous patient load already and so behind!! In nursing school I was aware that this whole having 1 or 2 patients was a luxury and the reality is we would have more when we started our career. NEVER did I think that having 9 patients per shift was in my future.
And to get to your question...it is 100% not wrong of you
to want to go part-time. I work part-time and sometimes it is the only thing that keeps me from leaving this whole thing. So sad, but so true. I hate when people say nurses are selfish because they should only care about their patients and not about the money or conditions. People just don't get it. I care a lot about my patients and that's why this sort of working condition is totally ridiculous and wrong. Plus, we are human too and can only handle so much.
I really wish working conditions for nurses were fair. This is human lives we are dealing with here. With short staffing, we suffer and our patients suffer. How hard is that for upper management to understand?! (End Rant
Last edit by naptimeRN on Jul 23, '13