Ten Ways To Know You're Burning Out - page 7

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. Visit  amdale profile page
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    Thanks for the support. I am shocked, horrified and somehow relieved to see I am not alone. Today I have updated my resume and began to look on line for new opportunities. I do like (love) some aspects of my nursing job. Spending time with my patients. Problem is there is so little time in 12 hours to actually spend with the pt. Yest. again my team consisted of 7 and I was charge as there was a very new and 2 pulled nurses on my floor. I realize that there has to be an area that I can excel in. I am thinking about hospice or maybe a Dr.'s office but I do like to be somewhat busy. Anyhow I am glad that I can share here and again appreciate the support and advice.
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  3. Visit  cherylfab profile page
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    I became an RN in 1984. We didnt know about AIdS Computers or a h@#$ of alot of things but we took care of people and I happened to b a psyche Nurse for 25 years ages 2-102 and let me tell you Mental Health is STILL the JOKE of the medical world! If your heart, pancreas, liver,or any other organ can get sick WHY can't the BRAIN??? EASY because the sxs r behavioral!!!! noone likes failure especially DRS. Thats why if they cant figure it out its PSYCH! I have soooooo many stories of how they dismissed and even laughed at mental illness that turned out to b medical probs EVEN in the brain that people would NEVER believe!!!! BACKto burn out if u find your life spiralling out of control and ALLL your thoughts on the HORRIBLE things uv seen and heard all i can say is MOVE ON!!!! otherwise u pay the price with ur sanity and guess what? NOONE WILL CARE THATS UR jOB!!!! ALL IM SAYIN IS B CAREFUL!1!! CUZ NOONE WILL B THERE IN THE END
  4. Visit  curiousjv92 profile page
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    Hello everyone!

    I am doing a research paper on how much the emotional aspect of being a nurse conflicts with the professional aspect and how it impacts nurses' personal lives? I have a questionnaire to conduct my research. If any of you would be willing to participate it would be really helpful and appreciated! It's not long at all. thank you!
  5. Visit  Yiggs profile page
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    Quote from 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...
    I felt real compassion for you after reading your post. Seems like you feel "lost" now that you are out of the nursing scene. The profession really grows on us and to a great extent defines who we are over the years. Nursing is like being in a marriage whether good or bad - you are always seen or referred to as Mr so and so wife. In the event of a divorce, whether you wanted it or not you experience untold grief and a sense of loss of identity in most cases.

    I worked on a Trauma Unit for years and was becoming so burnt out - I new it because I found myself hating the thought of going to work and being depressed the night before I go to to work, not only that but I was resenting the patients for no apparent reason. Subsequently, I transferred to Behavioral Health and love it.

    I have started making plans for what I want to do after I leave nursing or retire so I don't feel like I have sacrificed my years in a marriage only to be divorced after years of investing in it (I think this is exactly how it feels) although I have never been divorced or left my job abruptly or retire!

    If you are affiliated with a Church or a community club of some sorts, offer to do mini seminars or health education; or offer to plan a health fair ... anything that you can do to utilize your skill and experience while you do it. How about starting a Blog of some sorts utilizing your vast knowledge. If you go on line you will find step by step instructions plus everything else you'll need to start your project. All the best!
    VivaLasViejas likes this.
  6. Visit  Ringo Starr profile page
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    Im not too sure of what to make about the idea that dreaming of the lottery means you dont enjoy your job... Dont we do this in the shopping centre, whilst driving, on the way to the wife... Wondering what if???

    Well here is a interesting article I found regarding pay rates in the UK NHS and maybe if individuals when disheartened with their current position looked higher up the career ladder they may find A escape through ambition:

    http://www.nursefairy.com/index.php/...ages-in-the-uk
  7. Visit  SMiii profile page
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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.
  8. Visit  julieanneb profile page
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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!
  9. Visit  kbdavis profile page
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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.
  10. Visit  nursechris1 profile page
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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.?
    LockportRN and VivaLasViejas like this.
  11. Visit  LilyRosas profile page
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    Thank you so much for this article. It was helpful and made me think.
  12. Visit  cass2089 profile page
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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??
  13. Visit  brown eyed girl profile page
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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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