I don't think I am burned out, overwhelmed or hate nursing. Maybe I know what the issue is and just need to vent.
I graduated last August and took my first job where I did my practicum on a neuro pcu and started in October. I came onto the unit when we had just moved to the newest part of the hospital and shortly after new management. None of this is my complaint.... Our unit is amazing and I love our new manager he is so personable and sits down with is individually at least once a week to see how we are doing.
I feel like I got all the training I needed and my preceptor was amazing. I am one of the few nurses who get out by 7:30. We get 3-4 patients whom are mostly strokes or seizures. I have a really good routine. While when things get thrown at me or a patient starts to crash I get a little overwhelmed, ask for help and eventually get back on track.
I just feel like a robot.... When I have a patient whom I can actually have a normal conversation with, isn't violent, confused or combative and genuinely appreciates my care it really means alot.
I'm just afraid it's too soon to switch, afraid it will look bad, I love my coworkers and don't want to leave them.
I could have it alot worse I guess.... I should probably just stick it out?
Sounds like overall you have a very good workplace, if your main conceern is that the job is not as emotionally rewarding as you want it to be, then there are lots of opportunities to make it more rewarding. Have you considered joining a professional association such as American association of neuroscience nursing, or becoming certified or assisting with a research study? Sometimes just being around other professionals who have focused their careers in the same speciality and are passionate about sharing their knowledge, can rejuvinate your interest in your non-conversant patients and provide you with more job satisfaction.
When I worked with non-conversant patients in the past, I kept in mind that although they may not be able to communicate, research shows that they are usually able to hear and smell. While doing their nursing care, I would play music or tell the patient a story about something my dog had done (if they were dog owners in their past). Also, if they were incontinent, I would clean them as soon as possible, not only to protect their skin, but also so they would not have unpleasant smelling rooms.
Last edit by dishes on Jul 25, '13