Ten Ways To Know You're Burning Out - page 2

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... Read More

  1. by   NurseLindaRN
    I have been in Nursing for 40+ years. Some jobs were great and some not so good. Sometimes you may not burned out on nursing, but may be burned out on what you are currently doing in Nursing. Years ago I was working 12 hour nights in the ER (what I thought would be my dream job) and I hated it!! I have worked nights off and on for years and liked working nights but I sure didn't like working nights in the ER. After a year I went to work in Home Health and Hospice at the same hospital and it WAS my dream job. I truely loved Home Health and Hospice.
  2. by   prettymica
    Quote from RNdivaLicious
    Good Luck Viv! It's just funny to open my email this morning and this is the first thing I see. I am a tele nurse that works nights. I am fairly young, and this is my first "real job." I've been off work for the last 6 days, and the first thing I thought this morning was that I do not want to go back in that place. I have began to complain about everything. I think my home life sucks. I just returned to school for a BSN. I am wondering if going to day shift would make it all better?? I don't want it to take 2.5 years for me to notice that I'm burnt out.
    Yes please don't let it take that long. I thought I could continue working here until I finished RN school. Also at the time the only other options were to jump from one LTC place to another. After continuous prayer and numerous applications. I got a job in home health
  3. by   IowaKaren
    Marla, you always tell the right story at the right time for me. I've done the same, gave 3 weeks notice and left. Finding it very hard to find a job but keep praying/thinking that the right one will come along at the right time. I do feel like I have my life back now and my family has told me that also. That used and abused feeling is gone but I do miss my coworkers. Life does go on.
  4. by   royhanosn
    already been there! my body was giving me messages which I did not obey. dry wretching in the morning before I went on ****
    then my back injury, which was caused by a violent patient who dropped to the floor, while I was giving him a restraining hold
    the other nurses sat in the protection of the nurses station, while I had to wait for help.
    yes, if your body is telling you something, LISTEN! Time to get out, or seek another nursing job in a less intense ward.
    I love nursing, but nothing has changed in the years I have been off. I still suffer with lower back pain. Many of the retiree's were glad to get out. I have not had a sick day in years since I have been off that ward.
  5. by   ebear
    Another GREAT post, Viva! I burned out long ago. Right now I'm not working and feel rather lost. What am I supposed to do after giving nursing 38 yrs? I feel as though I have been kicked to the curb for various reasons. What a kick in the gut...
  6. by   LockportRN
    Surgicalcap, I feel you. I am currently in the same situation.

    After working many years, the last 6 were in LTC Management. On-call 24/7. And I take my job very personally. Add on top of that first my grandmother, then an uncle, another uncle, then my mom all passing. It all took it's toll. I left a job I loved to help care for these wonderful people in my life and settle their estates. Before I could 'heal' I had to go back to work to support my own family. But 3 jobs leaving all of them on bad terms leaves me at this point out of work for over a year. Yes, it has given me the time to heal. While I thought I may have forgotten too much, I have taken some classes and completed many many CEU's with ease. I have even begun to dream about being a nurse again. No, not a nursing manager but a nurse, as this is what really fuels me. Nearly every part of being a nurse. But, I fear that I have ruined my chance at ever being a nurse again by burning so many bridges. I now know that being a single mom, the DON for a growing LTC facility (mainly at my pushing), and being the only nurse in our family that everyone turned to was just too much. I had to stay strong and keep going even when my heart was broken and torn to shreds. I wish I had taken more time off from the start instead of pushing on to the point of breaking. Now, I just can't seem to explain away what I did or why I left these jobs so abruptly...but I did. Everytime I try to say it or write it, I just sound crazy. Or inept, which I am not. I am so ready to return to work and be a viable part of the health community. Wishing won't make that time go away, maybe with persistance? A little luck? Going back to school?
  7. by   KeepingItRealEeyore
    Thank you for posting this. I know exactly how your friend "Viv" feels. I myself have debated on faxing in my resignation letter and not looking back, but I can't due to the economy. I'm getting tired of dealing with rude staff and rude patients who think they are at a hotel or something. I'm also tired of management having grandios ideas that are unrealistic for the nursing profession.
  8. by   Code_VSA
    I think in that little check list they should add "Losing your teeth". See, when you have nightmares about your job, ya just might be clenching your teeth. Which can either crack or obliterate the nerve. I'm on my second root canal for a perfect, healthy, never had a cavity tooth.

    I checked "Yes" to every one of those check points.

    My fantasy is sending my "I quit" notice with a photo attached of me burning my license. It always puts a smile on my face.
  9. by   Poi Dog
    woot, i am experiencing 9 out of 10.

    go me! *sarcasm*


    Last edit by Poi Dog on Sep 7, '11
  10. by   mysticalmoonray
    Thank you for posting this!!! I've been bummed out so badly for the past few months and couldn't figure out why. I work weekends and like others have posted it takes the whole week to de-stress. I also always think, talk, and dream about work in nightmares. I have anxiety and find myself taking my medication mainly after I get to work. It's really noticable since my fiance tells me to stop focusing and talking about the horrors of work since it gets me so worked up. Needless to say I'm looking for work elsewhere, even looking outside of nursing. Just for a change of scenery and I would much rather be doing something I really enjoy for less pay, then putting myself under such stress for a little more.
  11. by   EllenRNorman
    Hi there, recognizing burnout is so important, you did a great job of giving signs and symptoms. As nurses we seem to be in denial of stress or burnout, we nurture and want to fix things and people but we tend not to care for ourselves. great post Kudos
  12. by   VivaLasViejas
    You know..........I sometimes think/fantasize about leaving nursing entirely, even though I love my current job and can't imagine where else I could make the kind of wages I earn now. (Not like I have a choice---I'm the lone breadwinner in a family of three and too young to even think about retirement.) Still, I AM getting older, but more than that, my body has gone through some major changes in the past year or two and just doesn't handle things as well as it used to. I don't recover from these 5-day weeks as easily as I once did; and of course now that I'm a diabetic, I have to be very careful with my diet and stress levels so that my blood sugar doesn't spike and then crash, which just wipes me out.........sometimes for as long as an entire day.

    But, like so many others, I'm trapped: I simply do not have the means to quit, work part-time, or change to a different field entirely. So I thank God every morning for my job---which is actually the best one I've ever had---and every night for giving me the strength to get through another day, another week, another year.

    And if I could make a living as a writer, I'd leave nursing so fast it'd make your head spin. That's the honest truth......not to discourage anyone from pursuing this career, I hope, but I really have had about all of the 24/7 responsibility, the street-rat crazy families, the bureaucracy, the unending battles with insurance companies and doctors and corporate people I can handle in one lifetime.
  13. by   Bluee
    Isn't it somewhat normal to experience anxiety symptoms before heading off to work? Especially if you've been off for awhile (six day stretch or more, like someone else said). I mean, there's a reason why we're paid to work. It's tough stuff and can be quite unpleasant. That's what the money is for. So, if you just spent a full week relaxing, enjoying your life and family, and having the best time of your life, any reasonable person would dread going back to work!