Self care...

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    I find it so funny that nurses preach self care blah blah but during a eight hour shift I can barely eat, sit down or let alone use the restroom. Why do we put up with this kind of work environment?! I love taking care of patients but this type of environment is burning me out and makes me want to leave the bedside for good. Anyone else feel like this?
    VivaLasViejas, hlfpnt, Joe V, and 1 other like this.

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    Some people wear guilt/martyrdom like a badge, but I don't think that is most people.
    There are a lot of nurses who take care of their bodily needs, take lunches most days and survive long term in their jobs. I suspect this group of nurses are people with a strong sense of their rights and will not stay in a job where conditions are so bad that a nurse cannot use the bathroom.
    I had a job like that once. I put in my year and left. I hear the floor is always hiring.
    VivaLasViejas and jmay2013 like this.
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    Lol thanks Rnperdiem, I find that to be true as well. What did you move to after working the floor?
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    I have been working in my well-run ICU happily for the last 13 years. I always eat lunch and take care of myself. Turnover here is low and morale high.
    Meep,RN likes this.
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    I try to take care of myself. At work I always use the excuse "im going to get really b$%%@y in the next 10 minutes if I dont eat (and I will) so I make sure I get my break. There are odd days I can only get away for 5 mintues, but thats very rare. You have to make some time for yourself. You can give better care when your not cranky, have a full bladder ect.
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    RNperdiem, just asking: how do you always eat lunch in your ICU? I work in an ICU, as well, and can't always take a lunch. I usually do, but sometimes it's just a eat quickly and run, and sometimes, it's no lunch at all. If I were to eat lunch in the situations where I don't eat lunch, it wouldn't work out as well for my patients.

    I always try to eat something, but there are nights when your patient is so sick you can't eat lunch at all. How does your unit manage those times?
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    RNperdiem, just asking: how do you always eat lunch in your ICU? I work in an ICU, as well, and can't always take a lunch. I usually do, but sometimes it's just a eat quickly and run, and sometimes, it's no lunch at all. If I were to eat lunch in the situations where I don't eat lunch, it wouldn't work out as well for my patients.

    I always try to eat something, but there are nights when your patient is so sick you can't eat lunch at all. How does your unit manage those times?
    I wasn't an ICU nurse when I worked in the hospital but at my hospital, the critical care nurses ALWAYS got their meal breaks. In the 4 1/2 years that I worked in the hospital, I took a full lunch break a grand total of 4 times... the 4 times that I had to float. My floor didn't take breaks and unfortunately, people were just kind of complacent about it. I took a per diem job earlier this year and my first day there when I left thinking "I ate lunch, I left on time and no one yelled at me" was the day that I decided I was leaving hospital nursing. It was the best decision I've made in my professional life so far.
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    I find it so funny that nurses preach self care blah blah but during a eight hour shift I can barely eat, sit down or let alone use the restroom. Why do we put up with this kind of work environment?! I love taking care of patients but this type of environment is burning me out and makes me want to leave the bedside for good. Anyone else feel like this?
    I feel like this all the time. I work in LTC...only my "LTC" facility is more like a step down unit. Most people are not there long term....they are there for PT/OT/ST/IV therapy. We are responsible for 25 people during the day and 50 people during night shift. It's IMPOSSIBLE to take a break, and you are lucky to get a 10 minute "moment" to eat your lunch. I've gone multiple days not even using the restroom because there wasn't even enough time to do that! I don't think that our administration really cares about our needs, because as much as we've tried to make them understand how incredibly overworked we are on this unit, we are always working short....Not enough Aides, Not enough nurses. And then admissions to do on top of taking care of all of these very needy people! I am beyond exhausted when I come home from work, and I believe that the environment is making me hate being a nurse. Time to get out, I think!
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    I think the key is "well-managed". There is no reason why nurses should skip breaks and be unable to use the restroom. I see it as a problem with management.
    itsmejuli and NancyPie like this.
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    I have heard many times "I wish I was a smoker cause they always get their breaks". While this may appear true I believe they use being a smoker as an excuse to take a break even if they do not plan on smoking. My point is where there is a will there is a way. The nurses not taking breaks need to slowly work those breaks in and train management to accomodate them. The work place does not have to be like this.
    kattycakes and Sparrowhawk like this.


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