Right now I'm a student (not in nursing school yet... finishing up a degree in psychology) and work part time at a well-known family dining restaurant. I've been there for almost two years and I really feel like I am starting to burn out. I no longer give people the benefit of the doubt... I've had to deal with so many jerks and idiots, I assume you are a jerk and/or idiot until you prove to me otherwise. Little things that customers do are starting to really get to me and while I'm always nice and polite on the outside, the things I'm thinking are not always so kind.
It's actually kind of hard for me to admit this and I am considering leaving my job because I don't like the changes I see in myself.
So what does this have to do with nursing? Well, I'm scared that I will "burn out" in nursing the way I am "burning out" in food service. They're both fast-paced, service-oriented jobs, right? I mainly do to-go at my job, and the 3 minutes total of interaction time I have with my customers doesn't allow for much of a pesonal connection, but is plenty of time for a PITA person to pi** me off!! I'm just hoping that nursing will allow me more opportunity to get to know and appreciate the people I am helping, which I feel would make all the difference. How idealistic/unrealistic am I being?
If you've ever worked in food service, or any customer service kind of job really, how would you compare it to nursing?
Dec 9, '06
I've waitressed, bartended, cocktailed, & kissed some major pa-toot working in a high class hotel...pretty safe to say that I hated 99% of my customers. I think I get where you're coming from
Last year a group of students were sitting around complaining about their busy class load, or the homework, or paperwork or something
& our instructor offered us this:
"You chose to go to nursing school, right? You've chosen to be here. These patients - the people we're taking care of - none of them chose to be here...none of them chose the diagnosis they have."
Really gave me something to think about...& I think it points out a major difference between customers & patients. You don't have to sympathize with customers...they chose
to eat at your restaurant. And I swear, for some of them, part of going out & enjoying themselves is treating other people like crap. You really have no choice but
to sympathize with patients...they're sick. They don't feel good.
I hope this kind of helps...burnout is rather common in the nursing field, but again, I think it's because some nurses choose
to get burnt out. No one's forcing them to come & do this job everyday.
I totally agree with what other people have posted in here, as well, about how diverse the nursing field is. For me, I think I'd definitely get burnt out working in a hospital. I plan on doing it for a year or 2, to acquire some skills, then I'd like to work with severely mentally retarded people...that's an area I've worked in as a CNA where I can't imagine getting burnt out. But hey, if it happens, I can go be a school nurse...or a travel nurse...or work with babies...or even be a cruise ship nurse. Or a teacher, even.
Last edit by RNfromMN on Dec 9, '06