Hey everyone. I'm a new nurse, going on 5 months now. I got my dream job in a NICU and I am happy to be in the unit I am in, but I am constantly battling my energy levels (or lack thereof). My #1 stress reliever before becoming a nurse was exercising but now, on my days off, I am just TOO tired to do anything. When I do go to gym, I have to force myself and the entire workout is just a battle. I hear my co workers talking about their exercising habits and how some of them even run after a shift and that's just mindboggling to me!
I will admit that I do not get much sleep before a shift, often because of nerves, or sometimes I just don't get to bed until a late time. My average is about 4.5-5 hours of sleep before a shift. I am trying to work on that, thinking that may help, but even when I sleep 8+ hours after a shift, I am still wiped out the next day.
Anyway, I was just wondering if anyone else experienced this problem and how you coped with it. I'm desperate. I've been off for 2 days and I am STILL exhausted.