Ten Ways To Know You're Burning Out - page 8

by VivaLasViejas Guide | 60,202 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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    I know first hand about job burnout; It can wreak havoc on your career and have lasting repercussions.
    I have been discreditted by my peers who broke my confidentiality and used this information for purposes to
    "even the score and to suit their ideas about how the Nursing Profession should be." I am currently seeking help from Nursing and outside agencies to restore my credibility and character which has been adversely affected.
    My advice is this: State Nursing Agencies are helpful for the most part. Be very careful with information that is collected "On the job"; This information can be utilized by the members of the Nursing Community in a negative fashion and can take considerable time to rectify. Be persistent in contacting State and Federal Agencies for
    assistance regarding misuse of personnel information. Your career is too important to lose because of Co-workers
    perceptions and petty jealousies.
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    Quote from SMiii
    I know first hand about job burnout; It can wreak havoc on your career and have lasting repercussions.
    I have been discreditted by my peers who broke my confidentiality and used this information for purposes to
    "even the score and to suit their ideas about how the Nursing Profession should be." I am currently seeking help from Nursing and outside agencies to restore my credibility and character which has been adversely affected.
    My advice is this: State Nursing Agencies are helpful for the most part. Be very careful with information that is collected "On the job"; This information can be utilized by the members of the Nursing Community in a negative fashion and can take considerable time to rectify. Be persistent in contacting State and Federal Agencies for
    assistance regarding misuse of personnel information. Your career is too important to lose because of Co-workers
    perceptions and petty jealousies.
    By state nursing agencies do u mean the board of nursing? need your advice asap!
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    I recently took a compassion fatigue instructor course as part of my trauma/disaster training and it was found by Figley and Figley as well as some studies by John Hopkins that a loss of sense of humor is the first thing to go.
    VivaLasViejas likes this.
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    I have little compassion these days. Partially because of the type of work I have done over the last 12 or so years. I was a hospice nurse for most of that time and now an oncology nurse. The type of work is emotionally stressful by itself. Then add a hospital system that is really messed up. Every now and then, they will just up and fire people and cut hours. The last round they let 22 people go. If we aren't busy, we have to take turns leaving early or taking the whole day off. There are only 3 nurses, so we each taking time off frequently. While that sounds appealing, it's stressful when it comes to paying the bills. I am not sure what I would do for a career if it wasn't in nursing. I live in a resort community. Our hospital is the only one in the county. The next county has a hospital, but the drive in the winter could be a little dicey. I can't afford to take a pay cut, and there aren't many jobs where I would make enough money to continue to live here.

    Anyone have thoughts of what they would do for a career if not in nursing.?
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    Thank you so much for this article. It was helpful and made me think.
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    Im a fairly new RPN in ontario. Ive been working in family maternity for jus over a year. I have always loved working until I started my first nursing job last year . Im exhausted physically n emotionally.. our unit is always short n the work load is crazy.. I dont get the time to teach my patients or to help them.. I feel like im constantly running.. most the nurses feel like that.. I dread coming to work, ive stopped sleeping n I find my mood is horrible and physical activity is limited. I over eat.. I find myself not doing a lot of activities I use to do or canceling on my friends.. I fight more with my boyfriend and I plan our activities around if im gonna be too tired to do something. I love the type of nursing I do. I dont no what to do.. ive already told myself I dont wanna do this for the rest of my life. Ive been thinking about trying a different faculty but im scared its gonna be the same or worse.. I worked so hard to get where I am and if I give up I feel like im quitting something!! Any advice??
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    I have struggled through school this quarter and not known why. I have the knowledge but can't "apply" it; me, a licensed, experienced nurse with years of working under my nursing belt. I haven't passed one test in either class even though I study. I went to withdraw from school last week because I know something is not right. The Assistant Dean convinced me not to withdraw from school and to keep at it; even if it means I have to take this class along with the other one I dropped a few weeks ago again. I haven't been able put my finger on one particular cause of my problem or if it was a combination of things. I love being a nurse but I hate the setting; I've been burnt out over the setting for many years. I work it because I have to due to the flexibility it offers in relation to my school schedule. I love my dog and even he is getting on my nerves. Now I'm realizing I'm just plain burnt out and over everything.


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