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. by   SororAKS
    I had almost all of these when I left nursing a number of years ago due to substance abuse. Fortunately I'm taking steps towards getting my license reinstated and am now in sustained recovery.

    The signs are there, but they creep up so subtly, and I remember feeling so exhausted. I hadn't felt good about myself or my career in a long time.

    Thankfully, this time around, I know a few things I didn't know back then.

    Great article and thank you Viva!
  2. by   CamillusRN
    Thanks for the reality check, Viva! I knew a few months back that I was heading towards burnout, and am preparing to switch to a different unit within the hospital. I'm fortunate to be surrounded by great coworkers, and the majority of my shift assignments are pleasantly challenging. I'm afraid I'm just not cut out for the bedside, regardless of what my patients or coworkers say. Nightshift is also wearing me down. Now if I can just hang on for a few more months . . .
    Last edit by CamillusRN on Feb 8, '16
  3. by   CamillusRN
    Quote from 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!
    I don't know if it's just me, but I'll get a mini-anxiety attack on the way to work, which goes away as soon as I walk onto the unit. Weird.
    Last edit by CamillusRN on Feb 8, '16
  4. by   Bchapm01
    After serving as the Stroke Program Coordinator for 6 years, I made the extremely difficult decision to go back to bedside nursing. My decision was based on the fact that I was consistently working 50 hours a week in a salaried position and being told by administration that there was no money in the budget for any additional staff support for me i.e. LPN, Secretary. With limited choices, I transferred to a bedside nursing unit which was very stressful. I was then "let go" after serving in that position for 1.5 years. I had worked at the hospital for a total of 19.5 years. I was given no reason for my termination, offered no severance package, and was even told that I would be considered for re-hire. Talk about a disservice! I have been out of the nursing field now for 3.5 years and have NO desire to return to it.
  5. by   VivaLasViejas
    I can't say as I blame you there. I've been out of the profession exactly two years today, and as much as I wish I were in a position where I could work, I wouldn't go back to nursing. It's become so cutthroat and the demands are ridiculous...it's more about how much work administration can wring out of a nurse in a given shift than actual patient care. Somewhere, somehow, this has got to change or there won't be any experienced nurses left to give that care because they will all have burned out.
  6. by   Soliloquy
    Amen amen! I admire your friend sooooo much. There are worse things.

    I'm in grad school now (or am about to be). I recently started a job working with babies but I'm burnt out with BEDSIDE in general. So I'm exploring my options since I can't fathom the idea of going another year as a bedside RN.
    Last edit by Soliloquy on Apr 26, '16
  7. by   dst4ever91
    I was a stay at home mom for about 12 years. My husband was a naval officer so we moved around quite a bit. I decided to home school our children. I wanted them to have a strong foundation on which to build and I wanted them to understand the love of Christ Jesus. However, my husband and I separated and I had to go to work. I started with CNA school and progressed to phlebotomy. I eventually graduated from nursing school with a BSN. I was so excited about becoming a registered nurse. I had no idea what it would really be like. The first few years, I really enjoyed working as a nurse on a med/surge unit. After 3 years I decided to move to another hospital where I worked as an ICU Step Down nurse. I eventually moved to the ICU. I realized that I was burning out when I started to have chest pains. I went to the ED but my troponin level was negative. I started having nightmares about working. I started to dread going in. I lived for my days off. I started asking the Lord to rescue me from this job. I felt like I couldn't take it anymore. Every day at work, having to be the nurse, the CNA, transportation, secretary, too name a few hats that we wear in the hospital. Because in the ICU we have 2 patients so no one thinks we need the support of ancillary staff. I found myself being short tempered with the other nurses on the unit. I found myself, just not being me. So I continued to pray to be rescued because I have to work. My husband and I reconciled after 10 years of separation and both of our kids are in college right now. He could not completely understand how miserable I was in my job. Before I even started looking for another job, a nurse educator position came available. It was offered to me by a nurse that I know. I am now serving in the nursing field as a nurse educator. I feel like God answered my prayers. It is by no means a perfect job and the pay is much less but I can go home without my back hurting. I can go home now without dreading coming back the next day. I have always been a student and identifying with the students comes natural to me. The wonderful thing about nursing is that there are so many areas that you can work in. I'm looking forward to success in this new area of nursing. So, if you are experiencing burnout the first step is to admit it. It took me a long time to admit it because I never imagined myself away from the bedside.
  8. by   Renell
    I think I am on the verge of burnout, if not already there. I don't even want to get out of bed for my night shift. I'd rather spend time talking to my dear one than muster up a caring attitude for a patient. It's getting harder to be nurturing, and often, I just feel irritated (internally, of course). I've come to the conclusion that Stepdown is not my niche, so I plan on finding a new venue in the coming months. I am trying to stick it out for 3-4 more months for my 'magical one year', but I'm not sure I can.

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