preventing burnout

  1. 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 teaching profession prior to nursing school, plus raised a family. I am starting my nursing career at the age of 52, and want to work at nursing until retirement age. I am concerned about the rapid bunout rate of nurses that I keep reading about-especially in hospital nursing. Does anyone have any suggestions about I can "take care of myself" well enough so as not to have burnout happen to me? I am really excited about nursing now, and eager to start working.
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  3. by   gwenith
    Nil illegitamatus carborrundum come to mind first ( rough translation - don't let the B......'s grind you down.

    It is amazing how much burnout is associated with bullying, There is WAY too much of it in the profession and it takes it's toll.

    Disclose........ Use this forum and other avenues to discuss issues.

    Oh and get a REALLY wicked sense of humour going...........
  4. by   live4today
    Burnout occurs in nursing. Acceptance of this fact is important. Do NOT allow it to discourage you from pursuing the profession.
    I suffered burnout as a MOM, but would NEVER trade that profession for anything else. I LOVED raising my children, and would do it all over again if given that opportunity.

    In nursing, you recognize your limitations, respect those limitations, and give as passionately as you are able to the profession. If you can do this, then you have given the BEST of yourself in any given day's work as a nurse. At the end of that day, evening, or night shift...clock out, take some deep breaths, and leave it behind you when you pass through the EXIT door. Go home and love yourself and your family completely during your off hours. I wish you the best in your endeavors of becoming a nurse. Then, after you become a nurse, know when to "clock out" from the job, and "clock in" to life outside of work. :kiss

    Nighty-night all!
    Last edit by live4today on Apr 24, '03
  5. by   Ammy
    Good luck......... keep good records........and enjoy
  6. by   Edward,IL
    I've found changing jobs whenever you feel it necessary. Move to a new area, learn what you can, then move on. I also think working two or more jobs part-time helps. If one job is getting bad, you only have to deal with it two days a week. Chances are, things on your other job are going okay and can provide you with some positive experiences. Don't put all of your professional eggs in one basket.
    Edward, IL
  7. by   oramar
    One thing to avoid when you are new is OT. Take all you holidays off, refuse overtime. Use you sick time if you are sick. I have watched new people eagerly try to be a good sport and say yes to every request for them to work over. The nicer and more compliant you are the quicker you will burnout.
  8. by   funnygirl_rn
    Change jobs or specialities if needed, good sense of humor, couple pair of good shoes & support knee socks, & take vacations when you get a chance...even if they are mini ones...just tinkering around in your yard etc....you & your body will need the R & R.
  9. by   nrw350
    These are actually good suggestions for any profession. Keep them coming.
  10. by   cokie
    read a very good book about this. i talked about the stages...in recognizing that right now you are in the honeymoon and i can't remember the other 5 stages, but one is disillusionment and depression. the previous ideas given will help.......
  11. by   Dublin37
    Hey Ruffles, I'm in the same boat as you although, I'm still waiting to get into the program. I was gonna email you, but there wasn't one on your profile.
    Anyway, I'm 41 right now, but I probably won't get in for another year because it's so impacted.
    I am a second career as well. I used to be a teacher also. Feel free to email or Private message me. Heather
  12. by   nrw350
    never forget to laugh... does wonders for the heart and soul.
  13. by   MandyInMS
    Hi Ruffles I agree with an above poster who mentioned knowing your limits and sticking to them..what works for one person doesn't for another.It will take you some time to figure out what works for you personnally.I became VERY burnt out a few years ago trying to please everyone and be All things to All people...you just can't do it..at the time I felt like I was about to "lose it"..I changed my schedule from 84 hrs a pay period to 60 and worked that for several years..Just recently went back to full schedule...Do what's best for YOU and take care of yourself.So many of us nurses are so used to doing for others and neglecting ourselves....best of luck in 'finding yourself' in nursing (((hugzzz)))
  14. by   zambezi
    Find a unit that you actually enjoy working in, one that supports you the best it can, especially when you are new...there are so many nurses that don't enjoy the people they work with, the environment or the type of patients on the floor...if you don't like anything about your workplace of course you will burn out...so...find a job that has people that you enjoy and a management system that works for you, yes, there are jobs like this...and as others have said, have a sense of humor/smile/and take care of you....good luck

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