Older NPs and Rns do you get burnout (compassion fatigue)

  1. Hello all,

    I am new student that is going to start an RN program this fall. My mother is a nurse, and although I don't like to admit it she is burnt out. She says that she can't deal with the patient's anymore and there family. I love medicine and the nursing field but, people is a whole other story. Yes, I like people in general but people can generally be annoying and/or there family. I do want to get harassed by work with patient request (small request are fine) or be hassled by the patients family (unless its a small favor). My opinion might be biased from my mother's perspective.

    The second question I have is all to the older NPs and RNs have you ever got burnout, what was your cause? Did you ever get to resolve it? If so please share!
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  3. by   Wile E Coyote
    I'll hazard a quick guess that not admitting to some degree of burnout over a 20+ year career can be likened to not admitting to ever making a med error.
  4. by   Sour Lemon
    Quote from jjohn5048
    Hello all,

    I am new student that is going to start an RN program this fall. My mother is a nurse, and although I don't like to admit it she is burnt out. She says that she can't deal with the patient's anymore and there family. I love medicine and the nursing field but, people is a whole other story. Yes, I like people in general but people can generally be annoying and/or there family. I do want to get harassed by work with patient request (small request are fine) or be hassled by the patients family (unless its a small favor). My opinion might be biased from my mother's perspective.

    The second question I have is all to the older NPs and RNs have you ever got burnout, what was your cause? Did you ever get to resolve it? If so please share!
    I think almost all people get burnt out from work, in general ...no matter what it is that we do for a living. We'd all rather be relaxing on an island next to a calm sea.
    As a side note, nursing is not "medicine".

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