Burnout?

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    I've only been a nurse for 3 years, but I'm afraid I am completely burned out. I find myself wanting to do a public service announcement on how to be a good patient. I am sick to death of patients and patient's families complaining that daddy had to wait 20 minutes for a cup of coffee while I've been in the middle of a code. I'm sick of seeing family memebers out in the hall giving me the "stare down" like when am I going to come in their room (half the time it's not even my patient). Had a daughter of a patient the other day (an RN at that) and wanted to know why daddy didn't get shaved today. Well, lets see...we were working 3 nurses short, I had been there for 16 hours and I had 3 very critical patients that were very time consuming. You just don't always have time to do everything. I actually had one man blast me as soon as I hit the door about how he had been waiting 30 minutes for a cup of coffee. I explained to him that I had been in a code down the hall. He didn't care. I asked him if he were in a crisis situation would he want me stopping to get someone else a cup of coffee before coming to his aid? Family memebers want ot sit by the bedside and pester the crap out of the nurses and patients 24 hr a day, but God forbid they actually lift a finger to help their loved ones get a drink of water of get on to a bed pan. I often feel more like I'm working in a 5 star hotel rather than a hospital. Am I the only one who feels this way? :smackingf
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    People expect a lot more now. This is your job, to cater to my every need, kind of mentality.

    I'm with you on this one. People are too pampered in this day in age, especially the children.

    Oh and I almost forgot about everyone's mentality which is ME, ME, ME, ME, ME, ME!
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    Are you the only one that feels this way??

    NO.



    Dealing with "entitled" patients and families just WEARS me out. And face it - this "entitlement" crosses all definitions: economic, education, religious, race, marital status and political parties.

    I am here to save your a$$, wipe your a$$, care for your a$$ - but I am NOT here to kiss it. Patients and healthcare administrators alike THINK AND DEMAND OTHERWISE. It has to stop - shortages of nurses at the bedside will continue!

    I think that a PSA might be a great idea - at least you will feel like you have done something, anything - but, the folks that "need" to hear it will never listen.

    I'd love to be able to tell you that it gets better, or give you some magic for dealing with it - but, the fact is any change in your situation will need to come from you. I think that a change of "scenery" may be in order. Or a break. I did both and they helped for a while.

    The major change came when I left hospital nursing. I am now blessed. I love my job. So keep the faith - there is SOMETHING out there for everyone. That is the beauty of nursing - so many options.

    Best of Luck.
    Take care of yourself.

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    I hate people.
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    I hate patients.
    I hate doctors.
    I hate hospitals.
    I hate insurace companies.
    I hate nursing as a job.
    Don't feel bad, most nurses I know have been burned out for decades.
    All the above has taken the reward and fun out of the job.
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    Quote from Emmanuel Goldstein
    I hate people.
    LOL!!

    Makes me glad my patients can't talk
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    Quote from RainDreamer
    LOL!!

    Makes me glad my patients can't talk
    For reals. And the parents (usually) are so glad the kid's alive they don't behave too badly.

    Although the inconsolable screaming of a neuro kid isn't a picnic. Did you know they play looped tapes of babies crying in interrogation rooms at Gitmo?
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    Quote from RainDreamer
    LOL!!

    Makes me glad my patients can't talk
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    Quote from Emmanuel Goldstein
    Also they're usually little enough that we can lift 'em without hurting our backs. Neener neener.
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    Quote from elizabells
    For reals. And the parents (usually) are so glad the kid's alive they don't behave too badly.

    Although the inconsolable screaming of a neuro kid isn't a picnic. Did you know they play looped tapes of babies crying in interrogation rooms at Gitmo?
    Yeah those neuro and drug babies are fun .... the nonstop ear piercing shrieks. It's good birth control!


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