Glad to add to your stats:
1. Family: I work 12 hour shifts usually. It is a medical floor, very, very busy. So it has impact on my family by the time it takes me away from them during the time at work, but also in the way it affects me AFTER I work the OT. That is b/c I spend *that* much more time to recover from the emotional and physical toll it takes upon me to work at ALL, especially OT. I have been married nearly 31 years and it takes time away from my husband but also from our elderly parents. I feel guilty sometimes about the amount of time I spend at work, even if I volunteered.
2. Phys/Psych: I will be 50 this July. That is not *THAT* old, certainly, but it sure is when one considers all the health problems that a 50 y/o may have: arthritis, HTN, asthma are my probs. I have found out the ol' body doesn't wake up all eager to jump into the day the way it used to as a younger person. And psychologically, it really doesn't have a lot of effect (other than being TIRED all the time! And I get tired of being TIRED!!!) I think that is because I have been an RN only 4 years this June. I do find myself being depressed at times about feeling tired and that affects my entire life, all aspects. But I still feel jazzed up about nursing, very interested about learning, and thinking about pursuing a BSN and a certification in Med-Surg.
3. Economic: The money is the bottom line. Everyone feels the economic pinch these days. Nursing is a fortunate profession at this time because d/t the shortage, nurses can virtually work 24/7 if wanted. It is certainly comforting to know that if one wants/needs money for any reason, one can nearly always add hours to the workweek and get the OT. And usually OT pays anywhere from time and a half, to (at my facility) an "incentive pay" that is more than double time. In this day of "lucky to make $8 hr." wages, what a benefit to make $55 an hour!
4. Socially: This is the down-side to #3. I have NO time for friends. Any time I have off work is spent making it up to my family (hubby, son, daughter, in-laws, mom, etc.) And I am a person who NEEDS her private, me-only time. Without personal time to do whatever I want, I feel deprived, depressed and tired. (Maybe I should have said this under the "psych" area!) So *SOCIALLY*??? What is a "social" life, anyway? Outside of going to Church, I don't get it anymore.
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