preventing burnout - page 2
I am an RN nursing student graduating in May. In June, I start my first job on the surgical floor of my local hospital, working the evening shift. This is a second career for me. I was in the... Read More
May 23, '03Avoid toxic environments at all costs. "Nurse-eating" or bullying is endemic to the nursing profession. We can change this unfortunate phenomenon by our examples, one person at a time. Avoid facilities and units in which the "bottom line" is all that matters and staffing ratios are unsafe--you will inevitably wear out physically and emotionally. We are professionals and need to have a voice in our working environment. Be VERY choosy about where to work. There are decent units with decent staffing ratios out there--you just have to look hard--you can find them. I specifically warn my students about certain units (especially some of the horrendous med-surg units in our area). I don't want them getting burned out in just 1-2 years after leaving school--and yes, this does happen. So be careful, be choosy.
May 23, '03Those of us who have survived for many years in nursing have developed a personal suit of armor...on top of copious inward motivation for what we do because the external gratitude we receive is so few and far between.
Learning how to say 'no' and taking care of oneself above all others is a lesson we learn if we are to survive this career. Best wishes to you and don't get talked into working more than you can handle!!
May 24, '03I worked and went to nursing school and failed clinicals in second semester. During the stressfullest parts, coming here was the key to surpressing stress and burning out.
Some folks said taking care of yourself is important. It's true: You are your own advocate! Plus, you have to be physically active for a little while to level off the "stress-levels", which in this case refers to chemicals that build up as a result of burnout-type stress in our blood.
Nurses eating their young? They will eat you if you don't have protection, and sometimes, a wrong personality will cause you direct suffering, and there is nothing you can do about it. For example, some seagulls will eat the young of their own simply for leaving a nest unattended. Or a lion will kill young male lions for survival. Nurses usually have enough food, but still, there are some who feel compelled to kill, or be evil.
Accept reality, and work positive and harmoniously with it, and take care of yourself :-)