How to NOT cry at work - page 3

by wooh

Any advice? Not the semi-acceptable in nursing "tears after a favorite patient dies" but the "I'm so p.o.'ed right now and crying is my response to frustration and anger" tears that are just unprofessional. I've tried taking... Read More


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    Gee wooh, sorry to hear this. Yes nursing does get under your skin doesn't it?
    I have never cried at work, probably cos I'm too busy getting angry and trying to control THAT! I am not a person who gets easily intimidated by anyone wahtsoever; I think with a clear head and can give articulate and intelligent replies. But when a fav patient or baby has died, I've gone into the tearoom and balled my eyes out.
    Can you go into the toilet at all? I know you said it isn't practical. I'm tired so not thinking real straight, can you ask to attend a course or something.
    Sorry mate if I think of something I will let you know.
    Hugs for now!!
    Last edit by carolmaccas66 on Sep 15, '10
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    Wow, I posted this a long time ago. And STILL have this problem. Crying is what I do when I'm frustrated or angry. It's rare at work that I cry out of sadness. But when you're trying your best for your patients, and things aren't happening the way they should because of other people's stupidity or laziness, well, I get frustrated a lot.
    Rereading the comments, I remember thinking, "I have to remember that pushing between my eyes thing!" But forgot about it when the need presented itself. So trying again to put that in my memory.
    "Luckily" I'm not the only one on my unit that's the same way, so it's not just ME at least. But it really bothers me. I even took a class once, that one of the topics was avoiding tears in stressful situations. I think the advice there was to walk away for a moment. But for me, when I eventually have to go back, the situation is still the same and my tears come right back. Which is frustrating, which makes me even more tearful! Argh!!
    One of the women at work said something like, "yeah, I've just gotten to where I expect to be frustrated and annoyed, so I'm prepared for it." But then I get in trouble for my negative attitude. I just need to go become a toll booth operator. So often, that's seemed like it would just be the perfect job.
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    Quote from wooh
    Wow, I posted this a long time ago. And STILL have this problem. Crying is what I do when I'm frustrated or angry. It's rare at work that I cry out of sadness. But when you're trying your best for your patients, and things aren't happening the way they should because of other people's stupidity or laziness, well, I get frustrated a lot.
    Rereading the comments, I remember thinking, "I have to remember that pushing between my eyes thing!" But forgot about it when the need presented itself. So trying again to put that in my memory.
    "Luckily" I'm not the only one on my unit that's the same way, so it's not just ME at least. But it really bothers me. I even took a class once, that one of the topics was avoiding tears in stressful situations. I think the advice there was to walk away for a moment. But for me, when I eventually have to go back, the situation is still the same and my tears come right back. Which is frustrating, which makes me even more tearful! Argh!!
    One of the women at work said something like, "yeah, I've just gotten to where I expect to be frustrated and annoyed, so I'm prepared for it." But then I get in trouble for my negative attitude. I just need to go become a toll booth operator. So often, that's seemed like it would just be the perfect job.
    wooh I think this shows you are a sensitive and caring person. You can nurse me anyday!
    I'll sleep on it and get back to you.
    You'll be right; we'll think of something.
    Get a good sleep and try not to think about it for 2nite.
    Seeya matey.
    Caza
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