Another burnt out nurse - questioning everything. . . - page 3

I am an RN on a busy med-surg floor in a mid-sized hospital in the "bad" part of a southern city. I've been on the floor for a year, but also used to work on this floor as a new grad back in 2009 (I... Read More

  1. by   Susan1002
    Many good suggestions and loving comments. If it hasn't already been said, talk with EAP at your facility. I found the three appointments very beneficial for me to take some time with a knowledgeable person to sort a few things out and help me figure what would work for me at my point in my life.
  2. by   tamiwill1
    I'm a new nurse and already have that problem. The answer for me was to go with 8 hour shifts, so I can see my kids every day for more than an hour.
  3. by   judihh
    !Well it is hard work==perhaps for the time your son is so small you could pick a 8 hour schedule or you could choose to work part time and be a bit poorer. There are many choices for you. If you quit entirely what would you do ? You would have to choose something at less pay. One thing, you are lucky for your mother but she cannot do the 12 hr shifts either. So, I wish you good luck in finding work that will allow you also to be a good parent. There are many people who have traveled this path--perhaps HR at your work could help you sort it out. Good luck---something good might happen just around the corner!
  4. by   AlphaPig
    Just wanted to follow up on my OP. Thanks to a nasty virus, I had to take a few days off from work during the same period that my child's father was in town to watch my son. This led to me being able to actually SLEEP. . .a lot. . .and read some novels. . .and get caught up on school work. .and go for a few walks. . .

    and I feel so much better about everything.

    I am going to stay at my current job (where the people are nice and know me well) and stay in school. You are all right that school will pay off in the long run.

    I am also going to put my son in school 3 days a week starting in Jan (he is 2) for about 6 hrs a day and use that time to do school work, exercise and SLEEP. His father has agreed to pay half the cost of the school (we think it will be good for him, too, to be around other children)

    I am still stressed and tired and dreadfully out of shape. . but I feel better having had a few days of respite.

    So thank you everyone for your advice and kind words.
  5. by   Esme12
    thanks for the update....((HUGS))
  6. by   nurseprnRN
    I'm so glad to hear it. Sometimes we have to listen to people who tell us to take care of ourselves. It's like they say on the airplanes: You have to put on your own oxygen mask first before helping others.
  7. by   NurseyMomma
    What home health care company do you work for if you don't mind me asking?
  8. by   LadyFree28
    Quote from NurseyMomma
    What home health care company do you work for if you don't mind me asking?
    This post is WELL over a year old; what questions do you have...start a new post, and you way get a better response to your question.