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- Jul 19, '12 by sistasoulHi.
I also have anxiety and depression and bedside nursing is killing me slowly. I love taking care of people but I can't take the stress. I have to have a meeting with my manager today at 2:30 pm due to the meltdown I had last night. I know I am going to be written up or worse. Let you know how it goes when I get beack home.
- Jul 19, '12 by imintroubleI had a meltdown too. It certainly wasn't pretty. Not called to the boss' office yet, but who knows? Definitely get back with us.
- Jul 19, '12 by MahzieLPNOh, I am in such good company, nurse-friends. I, too, don't seem to be cut out for bedside nursing. I worked in clinic settings for about 25 years when I graduated nursing school, but when the last physican died, I thought it was time to try the hospital setting again. I was fortunate to get a job on Behavioral Health, or so I thought...I loved the staff and MOST of the patients. However, the escalating, going-out-of-control ones truly frightened me despite wonderful training provided by the hospital. If the patients needed a listening ear, a hand held, shoulder to cry on, I was their nurse. The others: not so much at all. I was flat-out scared of them. When I left at the end of my shift, I worried about the next day's patient roster and was often unable to sleep well. Diarrhea became a near-constant companion as I worried and fretted.
Subsequently, I found another clinic job that I like okay. It's not my heart's desire by any means, but it is alright and will do for now. To the thread originator: don't make yourself miserable like this - it is NOT worth it when our physical health is so challenged and endangered. Pray a lot and search for something more suitable. It is out there, but it may just take a bit of time and ingenuity. Good luck, stay safe and be strong - FOR YOU.
- Jul 19, '12 by brenjenI totally understand. I quit hospital nursing two years ago, and I've been able to decrease my meds quite a bit. Now I'm on a small dose of Zoloft. I went into home IV infusion nursing. I work on my own, have a flexible schedule, and deal with easy patients. No 12 hour shifts, office politics, and exhaustion. Try clinic nursing or even telephonic nursing. I wish I had left the hospital long ago, and I can safely say I will never go back.
- Jul 19, '12 by GrnTeai did case management for insurance for a long time, and don't go into it if you think it will be stress-free. any system that is driven by money will never be that. lots of performance marks to hit, lots of quotas to fill, supervisors under pressure to keep their units humming and profitable. might be just right for ya, because it's a different kind of stress, but it's not a quiet little lovely garden walk.
- Jul 19, '12 by cienurseI agree totally with billyboblewis. Why did you become a nurse in the first place and how was your clinical experience at the bedside? I've been a nurse for 36 years and I started out at the bedside and always loved it. I'm a Director of Nurses now but I went through my "right of passage" to get here. I agree that perhaps you should reconsider nursing. It's not for everyone, particularly bedside, and there is no shame in admitting that. I don't think there are any "dream jobs" in nursing either. Each job has its own stressors and issues to deal with. Good luck and I hope everything works out for you!
- Jul 19, '12 by CrunchRNI have to disagree.
I had worked in hospitals for 13 years before I became a nurse. On the units!
However, by the time I graduated I knew bedside nursing was not for me. I have been a non-bedside nurse now for 20 years and done a good job with my positions. The bedside is just not for everyone, but does not neccesarily mean you need to reconsider nursing.Last edit by CrunchRN on Jul 19, '12
- Jul 19, '12 by sistasoulHi All,
Back from my meeting. Still have my job but was given a verbal warning. I have to stop "complaining" and get out with less than an hour overtime each night. All in all it could have been worse. The assistant nurse managers gave me a lot of suggestions and were really supportive. My floor manager was a little bit nasty but that is OK.
I could not disagree with them but I know I need to start seriously looking for a less stressful job. I have only been a nurse for 3.5 years so I am not sure where I will look. I wish I was better with inserting IVs because I think I could find a job away from the bedside easier. It is a shame that I can't deal with the stress because I love my patients (most of them- haha) and love to do everything I can for them.
- Jul 20, '12 by LJ85I have to say I do enjoy bedside nursing, what I dont like are the politics and patients who treat you like a servant. I started as CNA and became an LPN after about 4 years, my back couldn't take the manual labor so much anymore. I had my share of meltdowns even as an aide, that job is demanding. As a nurse I had to put my time in and get the necessary experience (unfortunately) before I coul specialize in anything so I worked at a nursing home. I don't know what it is about some women, nurses, whatever, defiantly didn't help me as a new nurse, but luckily some did. I worked overtime against my will, I had more patents then I could handle, I had aides that laughed at me when I asked them to do something. I thought maybe I shouldn't have been a nurse. I don't handle stress very well at all. The tears just come flowing out when I feel overwhelmed and that doesn't look very professional to say the least. I did my time and made it out alive and went right into home care. The job is more and less stressful at the same time, in different ways. I feel competent because my agency ensures that you are comfortable before you go out on a case but when a kid throws a mucus plug that has a trach and turns blue in a matter of seconds it's scary. Your it in home care but I feel that I can handle it. Sometimes it's tough, parents an be somewhat overwhelming as well. I am currently in school for my RN and I plan on going into ICU ASAP. I'll try it, if I can't hack it I'll move on. I have my fair share of genetically acquired mental illness as well, most of the time I keep it under control but sometimes I get the reality check I need to keep me on my toes. I just hope I can hold it together in the future. Good luck to all my nurse friends, it is a tough job but remember why you chose to become a nurse, don't lose that feeling, there are still good people out there :-)
- Jul 20, '12 by RURN2O11I've only been a nurse for a little over a year but it definitely can be stressful. I've never really been diagnosed w/ clinical anxiety or depression but I know I have struggled w/ both at various times of my life, especially anxiety. Not to the point that I can't function (in fact many people would probably never guess I have such an issue) but it has definitely affected my quality of life. I agree that bedside nursing can definitely exacerbate my anxiety at times but the more experience I gain the more I learn how to better handle stressful work situations.
I think it took getting out of school & actually becoming a real nurse to admit to myself that I needed some help handling my anxiety. (Just admitting it was such a huge relief.) So I have started getting acupuncture treatments several times a month & have found this very, very helpful. I have also started seeing a psychologist for cognitive behavioral therapy about once a month. This has also helped me a lot. I have been amazed at how therapeutic it is to just have someone to vent to who isn't emotionally invested in my life. Unlike my mom, husband, or friends, I don't have to worry that my psychologist or acupuncturist is going to go home & worry about me & I don't have to feel guilty or worry about offending them with anything I say. If your insurance pays for either one or ou can afford it on your own (mine pays for psychologist but no acupuncture), I would strongly suggest some counseling &/or acupuncture. Both have helped me a lot.