phasing out of nursing - page 4

I burned out of hospital nursing after 14 years...At that time I looked into all the other nursing options out there...and, ya know, very little appealed to me or fit my life for various reasons. So,... Read More

  1. Visit  Valerie Salva profile page
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    "Originally Posted by marie-francoise
    if they don't want just new grads and imported nurses filling their nursing rosters soon, or patients left unattended in beds because nurses are simply overwhelmed.


    Quote from Rhone
    As long as it's cheaper and they can get away with it, that might be precisely what they want.


    I have believed for a long time that that is exactly what they want.
    caliotter3 likes this.
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  3. Visit  slb66 profile page
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    I look at nursing like a pro athlete looks at their career. Bedside nursing in the hospital is not realistically something I can do until the age of retirement. It is too physically and emotionally demanding. I did not become and RN until age 32. Prior to that I worked in office jobs, 8-5, M-F, no holidays, no weekends. I have never worked harder in my life. Keep your eyes and your options open for positions that are more fitting for your later career years.

    Secondly, I applaud any nurse that can identify they are burned out and take steps to remedy their situation. I have worked with burned out nurses. They have said and done things that jeopardize their jobs and licenses and they don't even see it! They can also bring down unit morale, student morale, and the profession in general. I am not directing this to anyone that has shared their feelings in this thread, however.

    You have fought the good fight. Thank you for your service and the best of luck in your new endeavors. I'll most likely be with you on the other side someday!
    Bugaloo and Bortaz, RN like this.
  4. Visit  marie-francoise profile page
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    valerie salva, that quote you have at the end of your post (copied below) is fitting! hospitals (and perhaps many patients/families) expect nurses to be martyrs; but most humans are naturally not martyrs, especially for their jobs.

    the martyr sacrifices themselves entirely in vain. or rather not in vain; for they make the selfish more selfish, the lazy more lazy, the narrow narrower.
    -florence nightingale
  5. Visit  meluhn profile page
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    the martyr sacrifices themselves entirely in vain. or rather not in vain; for they make the selfish more selfish, the lazy more lazy, the narrow narrower.
    -florence nightingale


    once again, flo hit the nail on the head. she was so wise. i have often felt as a nurse that i am enabling a machine that exploits our willingness to help people. if we refused to work under horrible conditions, facilities would be unable to continue. yet we continue to slave away and jump through more and more hoops, working with unsafe ratios under ridiculous conditions. it borders on abusive. why do we do these things? i have often pondered this and spoken to my co workers about it. we have decided that it is probably for the same reasons we get involved in abusive relationships. anyone have any thoughts on the matter?
  6. Visit  Bugaloo profile page
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    Quote from meluhn
    the martyr sacrifices themselves entirely in vain. or rather not in vain; for they make the selfish more selfish, the lazy more lazy, the narrow narrower.
    -florence nightingale


    once again, flo hit the nail on the head. she was so wise. i have often felt as a nurse that i am enabling a machine that exploits our willingness to help people. if we refused to work under horrible conditions, facilities would be unable to continue. yet we continue to slave away and jump through more and more hoops, working with unsafe ratios under ridiculous conditions. it borders on abusive. why do we do these things? i have often pondered this and spoken to my co workers about it. we have decided that it is probably for the same reasons we get involved in abusive relationships. anyone have any thoughts on the matter?
    i worked last night and have to go to sleep now, but it seems like somewhere i wrote something that would be a good response to this. when i have a brain again, i will find it and link to it here.


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