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Negative and Positive parts of being an RN

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    I love the expression 'burn't out' but what does it mean to you? I have never been 'burn't out' as a nurse but what I have been is

    I love the expression 'burn't out' but what does it mean to you?
    I have never been 'burn't out' as a nurse but what I have been is

    Overworked-always overworked no matter where I have worked but sometimes I think we dont actually acknowledge or identify when we are not! I find that being bored is hard work too lol

    Underpaid-well I dont really think I am underpaid but would never say no to a few dollars more

    Exhausted-Yes in 22 years I have often been tired in fact I think I am exhausted for half of those 22years

    Bored-Yep believe it or not even when busy busy busy I have been bored with the routine of some parts of nursing

    Fed Up-yep get fed up with the lies

    Disgusted-yep with peoples attitudes sometimes I think people forget that they actually have to work as a nurse and they dont do it for free

    On the plus side I love my job and wouldn't consider doing anything else. I love the drama of it all. My co-workers have over the years had multiple personalities, moans and complaints but how we have laughed often and hard. How we have cried together and supported each other.
    Over the years I have considered myself to be blessed with the majority of my co-workers.

    Patients I have looked after every different kind of person, personality, race, religion, sexual orientation, color ever imaginable-I have learn't about food from all over the world from the patients I have learnt about their culture, about how to handle delicate situations, extra marital affairs, I have learnt about discrimation positive and negative.

    I have learnt not to say sorry when I didnt finish a task, and that is one of the hardest things to not say in nursing.

    I have sat with dying pts and their relatives, I have laughed and cried with them. Brave patients who have taught me the meaning of life and how to respect it. When I am feeling depressed I can think of a 100 patients who would have loved the opportunity to reach my age and be alive.
    I have seen human beings suffer so much pain, discomfort and agonising treatments that I vow to refuse them if it happens to me!
    I have learnt the meaning of respect.

    Respect for my fellow human being
    Respect for the bravery of others
    Respect of peoples privacy
    Respect for life
    Respect for nature
    Respect for freedom
    Respect for spirtual beliefs and the miracles I have often witnessed

    I honestly believe as a nursing community we have more to celebrate than bemoan.

    If you are burn't out I am sorry It must be horrible for you, years ago it was easy to switch from job to job if you didn't like the one you were in, nowerdays there are so few jobs and so little movement once you have found a job, you have to stay put!
    Hopefully in the near future things will ease up again where you can try out a few differenct specialities until you find your 'niche'
    Last edit by Joe V on May 16, '11 : Reason: formatting for easier reading
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  3. Visit  DSkelton711 profile page
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    I wish I had a job I could get burn't out from! Nursing is one of those things that you become. It is who I am.
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    I've been a nurse for 27 years & though I would not say I am "burnt out", my body is in disagreement. I suffer from severe lower back problems resulting from having to lay down in the passenger seat to prevent decapitation, (literally!) just micro seconds before driving under an 18 wheeler that had pulled out in front of me from a side street in dense fog. He didn't see me coming & I never saw him at all until it was all but too late. Now, my upper body, (spine, back, shoulders, neck & head) has been permanently twisted to the left approx. 30 degrees while my hips & lower body,(legs & feet) still point forward as they always have. This causes me great pain & is, I have been told, irreversible. I am unable to continue working as an nurse. So I went back to college for 8 months & obtained an AA degree & psych. tech. training. I am now a LPT "working" at a State Hospital making $120,000.00 a year & doing half the work. At the State Hospitals LPT's are over the RN's so I almost had no choice but to get my LPT if I was going to continue working there. Most LPT's are High School grads with one year of psych training. Get the picture? It's not nursing, but I can work 12 hour shifts & go home feeling human instead of like I've been run over by a steam roller just waiting for someone to put me out of my misery. So, it is possible to change careers after a great career as a nurse. I'm 54 years old doing half the work for twice the money & have a life after work that I have the energy to enjoy. It's not for everyone, but it works for me.
  5. Visit  madwife2002 profile page
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    Quote from psychnurse0809
    I've been a nurse for 27 years & though I would not say I am "burnt out", my body is in disagreement. I suffer from severe lower back problems resulting from having to lay down in the passenger seat to prevent decapitation, (literally!) just micro seconds before driving under an 18 wheeler that had pulled out in front of me from a side street in dense fog. He didn't see me coming & I never saw him at all until it was all but too late. Now, my upper body, (spine, back, shoulders, neck & head) has been permanently twisted to the left approx. 30 degrees while my hips & lower body,(legs & feet) still point forward as they always have. This causes me great pain & is, I have been told, irreversible. I am unable to continue working as an nurse. So I went back to college for 8 months & obtained an AA degree & psych. tech. training. I am now a LPT "working" at a State Hospital making $120,000.00 a year & doing half the work. At the State Hospitals LPT's are over the RN's so I almost had no choice but to get my LPT if I was going to continue working there. Most LPT's are High School grads with one year of psych training. Get the picture? It's not nursing, but I can work 12 hour shifts & go home feeling human instead of like I've been run over by a steam roller just waiting for someone to put me out of my misery. So, it is possible to change careers after a great career as a nurse. I'm 54 years old doing half the work for twice the money & have a life after work that I have the energy to enjoy. It's not for everyone, but it works for me.
    I am sorry to hear about your accident I too had an accident with an 18 wheeler which 5 years on still causes me a lot of problems and issues. I am so thrilled you were able to retrain as a LPT which sounds like you really used your brain to turn around your career. Tell me more about your job?
  6. Visit  raptures_2000 profile page
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    I loved reading your blog, thanks for reminding me,,I need that every once in a while,,,take care
  7. Visit  Ms.Dre22 profile page
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    I love your honesty in this blog. As an aspiring nursing student, I often times just drown myself with fantasies of how much I am going to be this super nurse that loves everything about the profession! I know that although sometimes I may feel like this, the idea is just not the reality. At the end of the day it is nice to read about someone seeing the positives and appreciating being an RN regardless of the negatives!
  8. Visit  Kimberly Ha profile page
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    Interesting! What city and state do you work in?
  9. Visit  madwife2002 profile page
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    Nr Akron Ohio
  10. Visit  grish profile page
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    What is an LPT????

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