Ten Ways To Know You're Burning Out - page 3

by VivaLasViejas Guide

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Here's something a little different from the writer who usually brings you the funny top-10 lists. Recently, a good friend of mine I'll call "Viv"---an LPN who's worked at the same LTC for eight-and-a-half years---suddenly up... Read More


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    I think in that little check list they should add "Losing your teeth". See, when you have nightmares about your job, ya just might be clenching your teeth. Which can either crack or obliterate the nerve. I'm on my second root canal for a perfect, healthy, never had a cavity tooth.

    I checked "Yes" to every one of those check points.

    My fantasy is sending my "I quit" notice with a photo attached of me burning my license. It always puts a smile on my face.
    lbaldrige, AmericanRN, IowaKaren, and 3 others like this.
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    woot, i am experiencing 9 out of 10.

    go me! *sarcasm*

    not

    Last edit by Poi Dog on Sep 7, '11
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    Thank you for posting this!!! I've been bummed out so badly for the past few months and couldn't figure out why. I work weekends and like others have posted it takes the whole week to de-stress. I also always think, talk, and dream about work in nightmares. I have anxiety and find myself taking my medication mainly after I get to work. It's really noticable since my fiance tells me to stop focusing and talking about the horrors of work since it gets me so worked up. Needless to say I'm looking for work elsewhere, even looking outside of nursing. Just for a change of scenery and I would much rather be doing something I really enjoy for less pay, then putting myself under such stress for a little more.
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    Hi there, recognizing burnout is so important, you did a great job of giving signs and symptoms. As nurses we seem to be in denial of stress or burnout, we nurture and want to fix things and people but we tend not to care for ourselves. great post Kudos
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    You know..........I sometimes think/fantasize about leaving nursing entirely, even though I love my current job and can't imagine where else I could make the kind of wages I earn now. (Not like I have a choice---I'm the lone breadwinner in a family of three and too young to even think about retirement.) Still, I AM getting older, but more than that, my body has gone through some major changes in the past year or two and just doesn't handle things as well as it used to. I don't recover from these 5-day weeks as easily as I once did; and of course now that I'm a diabetic, I have to be very careful with my diet and stress levels so that my blood sugar doesn't spike and then crash, which just wipes me out.........sometimes for as long as an entire day.

    But, like so many others, I'm trapped: I simply do not have the means to quit, work part-time, or change to a different field entirely. So I thank God every morning for my job---which is actually the best one I've ever had---and every night for giving me the strength to get through another day, another week, another year.

    And if I could make a living as a writer, I'd leave nursing so fast it'd make your head spin. That's the honest truth......not to discourage anyone from pursuing this career, I hope, but I really have had about all of the 24/7 responsibility, the street-rat crazy families, the bureaucracy, the unending battles with insurance companies and doctors and corporate people I can handle in one lifetime.
    sweetnurse63, AmericanRN, NurseShelly, and 10 others like this.
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    Isn't it somewhat normal to experience anxiety symptoms before heading off to work? Especially if you've been off for awhile (six day stretch or more, like someone else said). I mean, there's a reason why we're paid to work. It's tough stuff and can be quite unpleasant. That's what the money is for. So, if you just spent a full week relaxing, enjoying your life and family, and having the best time of your life, any reasonable person would dread going back to work!
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    Thanks OP for your comments. It's sad that nurses are driven to these extremes. I have never actually walked out, But I have been VERY close countless times!

    I just found this article on nursing burn out. It is long, but it is hands down the best information re: nursing burn out I have ever read.


    http://www.netce.com/coursecontent.php?courseid=548

    I think you have to pay for the CE credit, but reading the information is free
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    Wow........that's a lot of information! Which is why I've bookmarked it for reference. Thank you for sharing this with us; there's a lot of food for thought here, and it made me think about some ways I might want to change how I cope with working too many hours and being too involved in the resident/family/staff dramas.
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    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    Wow........that's a lot of information! Which is why I've bookmarked it for reference. Thank you for sharing this with us; there's a lot of food for thought here, and it made me think about some ways I might want to change how I cope with working too many hours and being too involved in the resident/family/staff dramas.
    Thanks. It provided me with some valuable insight as well. I am once again starting on that downhill slope of burn out. I have felt burned out in every nursing job I've had after a year or so.

    I've been thinking about this a lot lately. My question was "Is it the job or is it me?" After reading this article, I now understand it is truly a combination of both. I found some things I can work on to help stop (or at least slow down) the burn out process. I truly do not want to be labeled as a job hopper, but unfortunately, changing jobs seems much easier than changing me!
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    Kudos to Viv. That takes courage.

    I've been there, but didn't have the courage. When the clinic I was working in closed down, I was not disappointed or fearful for my loss of job: I was delighted. I didn't have the courage to leave myself, but somebody had done it for me.


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