Ten Ways To Know You're Burning Out - page 5

by VivaLasViejas Guide | 60,163 Views | 76 Comments

Here's something a little different from the writer who usually brings you the funny top-10 lists. Recently, a good friend of mine I'll call "Viv"---an LPN who's worked at the same LTC for eight-and-a-half years---suddenly up... Read More


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    Quote from jadelee
    I don't agree, while relaxing and not being at work is great, there are nursing jobs out there, where you can look forward to going to work. How easy they are too get, where you live is a different matter. I think the problem above isn't the work itself's but the balance between work and everything else. It would be nice, but ? utopia to live in a world where you could work 70% of the time,. etc and have 30 % off for example. but the world economy is built on needing full time work to just pay the bills.
    True, but I've dreaded school, old jobs, etc., but not enough to make me want to almost trade in everything
    to go back.
    Sometimes I wish there was a rewind button to go back to school and change it all....
    There has to be light at the end of the tunnel, and a better nursing job
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    Well, luvroses, I too am a 2010 December grad, licensed in March and now working in a LTCF. I am five month into this job, working 12 hour shifts, three days per week. I am really feeling the "burn" and am wondering what I got myself into. It helps to read these posts just to know it's not just me feeling overwhelmed with this line of work.
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    It feels so good to see what I am going through out in others thoughts. I was just fired a month ago for what seemed like a minor incident. I have to admit though, I was having a lot of health problems too over the last two years. I had switched to the day shift and things seemed to be going better and then this hit me. Needless to say I was a little suprised because I had worked for this hospital for over 16 years. Just today I realized how good I feel now - I bet I lost about 10 pounds that had been sitting on my shoulders!! I have applications out there where I can use my newly acquired masters degree and I am starting to get some response so I am very excited. I have a strong passion for nursing and still love being a nurse and it felt like they had taken part of my identity away. If this is how others are feeling, I would encourage a good soul searching to decide what is best for you and your career and take the necessary steps to make that happen.
    Stay well <3
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    thats why there are 34 CA facilities striking thursday the facilities think they can do anything to us that they want///Slavery , how's that working for us?
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    Quote from luvroses
    I cannot do this job and am thinking maybe I should have went into a less stressful career like education. However, deep down inside I feel there has to be other nursing jobs out there less stressful.
    As a former educator-turned-nurse, I can tell you firsthand that education is NOT less stressful. ANY profession in which your primary role is to help people is stressful. Period. The misconception that teachers have a low-stress job is just about as annoying (and wrong) as the misconception that nurses spend their days flirting with doctors and giving sponge baths.
    Nursing is a profession with SOOOOO many options. It's not just med/surg and long term care. I was a "job hopper" for my first few years who couldn't seem to find a specialty I liked (I did med/surg, walk in clinic, hyperbaric medicine, ER, ICU, cardiac tele, pediatrics, and hospice) and now I am a "float" in a hospital and PRN in a hospice agency, and I LOVE it! I basically do a little of everything (except L&D - I know I hate L&D for some reason). Look around, shadow some folks in different areas, think "outside the box". Check out the ridiculous number of different specialty areas on this website alone.
    If you made it through nursing school, my guess is you really are meant to do this "nursing thing" but you haven't found your niche. Until you have checked out several areas/specialties, I really don't think you are burned out of nursing per se, rather you are burned out of the TYPE of nursing you are in, and/or the ATMOSPHERE of the workplace you are currently in. Looke around, move on, and keep the faith!
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    I quit a management job one time. I was so stressed not only from the job, but from my husband being out of work again. I almost had a nervous breakdown. I was in a meeting crying one day. It seemed like everything I was doing it wasnt good enough. Getting mixed signals from management. Instead of management talking to me, she would tell the LPN and the LPN would tell me. I thought about this, and didnt have a job set up for backup. I woke up one morning and didnt go in to work. I had quit my job. Management really thought I was gonna take their ****. I had a job a week later. So I say the hell with them. Nobody is gonna run me in the ground. I knew what kind of nurse I was and that something would eventually come up. I never told my husband that I quit. I would wake up and go to the library or do school work allday.
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    Quote from Purple_Scrubs
    OP, thank you for this article. I think I am on that slippery slope towards burnout. Weird thing is, I do love this job, or at least the idea of it. I like caring for children, the schedule is great, relatively low stress as far as nursing jobs go...but yet I find myself dreaming of winning the lottery or "boring" office jobs, where I don't have to care. I think it's called compassion fatigue...I'm just tired of trying to summon up the will to care anymore
    I too work with children as a school nurse. You said it perfectly, "tired of trying to summon up the will to care anymore." It seems that you just give, give, give until you have nothing left to give anymore, then you have to go home to your family and "try to summon up the will" to GIVE more. But what do we get in return? The thought that we know we helped someone today. Please, give me a break. Most of the children I see either don't want to be in class, want to go home, or can't deal with little stupid things they created (like picking a scab.) Meanwhile, I can't get done the things I need to get done like state mandated vision and hearing screenings, entering immunizations of new students and kindergarten students, medications, and dealing with children who really are sick, etc.

    Rntracy
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    I kinda disagree about the dreams. lol

    I dream about work. Usually after a rough shift. And its usually about what went bad during that shift. Not a nightmare but just a dream of me being at work and **** hitting the fan like it usually does. Although during the bad shift I feel like walking out the door. I would say my ratio of bad shifts to good shifts is 1 of 10.
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    I'm not sure there is anything you can do about "burning out" in todays economy. I used to LOVE my job, respect my peers, and live for the hospital I work for. As the years have progressed, the hospital has less resources to commit to nursing but continues to place a greater and greater burden for care on the nursing staff. The staff I respect are leaving the profession in droves, and I find I am just dragging myself into work each day. After 25years in nursing it's a little late to change majors now. Having asked around, no hospital within 100 miles has a better policy toward it's nursing staff. I have family obligations and debts that need paid- my only hope is to develop a fairly painless fast progressing lethal condition that will allow my family to pay off our debts with my insurance and live off my 401k/403b until Soc Sec kicks in. I can't imagine doing this until age 67 2/3 so I can draw my social security. An earily death dosen't look like too bad an option from where I'm sitting. Either that or hope for the "Second Comming" of Christ-but I'm afraid retirement planning by Rapture dosen't seem to reliable when the budget planning. My mortgage company dosen't take streets of gold as payment security.
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    Dear Burnout,

    I am on the same treadmill that you are on and due to circumstances that are out of my control, I could be looking at having to walk away from my primary mortgage and move to an area where my great-grandfather built a home(which has a small mortgage--long story). There is no "thing" or "debt" that will make me wish for an early death. After all, they are predicting that some catastrophic event will end it all in 2012 anyway. My family is what I wake up for every day and what enlivens me to endure whatever work may throw my way. Even living in a tent would be preferable to being dead without them.

    You sound depressed, so change your focus. I have a friend who has no young children and she is returning to school for a double degree--a Masters in Psychology with a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Degree at 54. What is your love? Why do you think that God created you? Find a niche and express your passion either in Nursing or out. Remember that God hasn't created any junk and He loves you. Praise God and He will return your joy to you.

    God Bless You!
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