It has been 10 years since I graduated nursing school
and have been working at the bedside in a hospital setting. Needless to say, bedside nurses experience burnout on all different levels, emotionally, spiritually, and physically! I'd say that I love my job and love helping patients and families in times of great need. Its perhaps the purest form of helping people in an occupation which is why I was drawn to nursing in the first place. However, while doing this for 10 years, it becomes so draining when having to deal with staffing issues, micromanaging, pressing demands from hospital administrators, as well as workplace violence from patients. I feel at a crossroads where I know staying in the hospital will eventually eat at me alive the way things are going. What are your thoughts on this? Do you have guys have similar views? Did you feel bedside is for you anymore?