Hello -- I got up with my husband to see him off when I got online and found your post. I did want to bring up a few points, but I'll try to keep it brief. I have been a nurse for 16 years, and my husband has been one for 21 years. We have both worked in a wide variety of settings, from ER, ICU, psych, ect. My husband is a nsg supervisor at a large hospital. We do see quite a few days at work that are stressful, but we have learned to deal with it in a constructive way. And I know you were joking, but we have 2 sons and 3 dogs and have not beat, kicked, ect. any of them. The thought of beating the kids has crossd my mind, but not from my work stress, but from calls from the principal, teacher, angry neighbor, ect. (And please remember I am joking!)
I have not been a member of this site for very long. I jioned within the last 6 months, but even from the posts I have read in the time since joining, I do beg to differ with your statement that this site is not a good way of dealing with stress. Even just this morning, I read a post about a woman in nursing school
that coded her husband in their living room. She needed to talk, needed to have someone listen to her, and offer even just a little bit of reassurance in her treatment of him at home waiting for EMS to arrive. Other posts that I have seen include student nurses asking for input from other more seasoned nurses regarding different hospitals in their area, or specialty areas they may be thinking about seeking.
I could go on and on, but I don't want to take up too much space, and I sure dont want to seem like I am venting after reading your post, but I had to say something. One way of relief by nurses after a horrible day is debriefing. I have personally been involved in this type of relief, and maybe it's just my opinion, but a lot of times that works for us.
I just don't think that you should be able to lump all of us together and say that the froum is not a good way to deal with stress.And I hope you don't take this the wrong way and think I'm twisting anything around while responding to you.And it's just my opinion, but most of the postings have helped th poster, and the readers. You may want to read a little deeper in some other thraeds before you just make a blanket opinion that almost every sngle thread is the same.
By the way, I did click on the link listed on your posting, and I was not impressed! I did not spend a lot of time pouring over it, and I am sure it will help some people , but it's not for everyone, just as this site is not for everyone, I'm sure, but that is not your call.
:wink2: Anne RNC