So I'm in my second year of nursing. I worked one year in LTC and am in my 5th month of working on a med/tele unit. And it is all too much!! I recently started seeing a psychiatrist because I have been so depressed/anxious/etc. I have hx depression/anxiety anyway, but I feel like this exacerbation is definitely job related.
I know there are absolutely no "stress free" jobs in nursing, but I'm wondering if I should try to get some kind of home health or hospice or something until I'm feeling more grounded mentally? My career goal is to go into NICU though, so I really need my magical year of acute care experience and I'm almost halfway there. I just don't know what to do. All I know is that I definitely can't give to others until I take care of me, you know?
Taking a break isn't an option, going per diem isn't an option, I'm a single mother so I absolutely need income and benefits. I am working with my psychiatrist on a medication regimen and healthy coping mechanisms, but as we all know that all takes time. I'm less than two years in and I'm already feeling burned out. Anyone been here? What did you do? I've searched the forums extensively and I keep reading "once you find your niche, you will like nursing again." But HOW?! It seems like it will be impossible to get into L&D/Mom/Baby/Level I Nursery.. ANYTHING that will get me closer to my goal of NICU anytime soon. And heaven forbid I get there and find that it's just as bad.
Any words of support or advice would be appreciated. I've talked to friends and family but they don't have the same perspective as another nurse