scrubsandasmile (1,635 Views)
Joined Nov 13, '12.
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The ED can be a maddening mix. Personally the best strategy for me, in combatting cynicism and annoyance (both of which can fester into burn-out) is to FORCE myself to treat each patient concern with equal respect and care. If my non urgent cases are having to wait and their care is delayed because of a code, I tell them so. Not in a judgmental-you're-gonna-have-to-wait way, but in a way that conveys respect and truth and care. If all I can do for them in that moment is to turn the lights down and offer some words of support, then that's what I do. The little things really do go along way and can soften even the stingiest of annoying patients...... It will in turn soften you and make things easier.
I'm honestly burned out for other reasons, but doing the above makes getting through the night a little easier : )
I haven't figured this out yet. I'm considering running the stairs and doing calisthenics during my lunch hour.
We have a locker room with shower very near the department.
I'm active duty military and I work 6p-6a. I usually get up and go run before I go to work - it helps shake off that weird feeling you get sometimes from sleeping in the middle of the day, and then I don't feel bad if I don't run on my days off. It makes my days off MINE and my work days THE AIR FORCE'S in my head.
Only if I didn't get enough sleep. Sometimes if I woke up early worked out and went to work. I would be exhausted and then when I came home to go to sleep the next morning my muscles would be extremely sore. Also, if you workout before work make sure you drink plenty of water/fluids during you shift. Otherwise you are asking for a crap load of muscle aches, pains, and cramps. I know nurses (especially in busy hospitals) have a hard time staying hydrated and what not.
"Sink or swim" that is a helpful comment. Not.
It might be time to look elsewhere for a job, what they are expecting of you is too much.
Holy Crap. Get your money back.
Of course you need to know how to read basic rhythms. How are you going to review your patient's chart if you don't understand what you are looking at? I can't believe this is a serious question. I am choosing to believe you are yanking our chain.
Your coworkers are absurd. I'm sorry they embarrassed you like that...and then yelled at you...during work...about kickball...I can't even. This is why gals like us have social anxiety. Feel better.
I am from Brooklyn Nyc and currently work in Rochester NY. It’s a city of about 1.3 Mil (Brooklyn has 3 Mil people). There are 4 huge medical facilities and new grads make 23.50 an hour. The cost of living is pretty good I used to live in a 760sq ft 1 bedroom and paid $560/mo plus utilities only. I really think people need to be careful when they focus just on the salary. Although I'd make more in Brooklyn, I sat down and did the math and I save about 6 grand less a year then I would in Nyc. Also, there is this huge myth that nursing is getting better.
Nursing schools are online, are 1 year accelerated degree and traditional programs are churning out nurses at an incredible rate. In Rochester there are 6 nursing schools who graduate a combined average of 450 students per semester, that’s 900 a year. This saturates the market. I highly recommend that all should earn a certification, an advanced degree and anything else to give them an edge to find or advanced their current position.
I always work out before my shift starts (11-7). I just can't do it after work. I'm one of those third shifters who goes right home and goes to bed.
I always worked out before my shift started. I started doing insanity so I would wake up at 4 or 5pm , workout for about an hour get ready for work and be there from 7pm to 7am. By the time I got home I was EXHAUSTED.
I used to work out in the middle of the night on my nights off. I had no energy whatsoever to exercise either before or after work.
I work 12-hour night shifts, from 6:00pm to 6:30am. I visit the gym for a cardio workout almost immediately after my shift ends, typically at 7:00am.
After exercising at the gym for 45 minutes to one hour, I drive home, take a shower, sip on some chamomile tea to relax, and fall asleep.
On my days off I exercise at any time I can conveniently fit into my schedule.
Before work. When I get off work at 7 am, I am too tired to workout. On my days off I have been known to go to the gym at 2am (24 hr gym).
I used to meet my husband at the gym after my shift and before he headed in for work. For some people that can cause difficulty sleeping, for me it knocked me out. Your mileage may vary.
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