What can nurses do to be more happy in their career? | allnurses

What can nurses do to be more happy in their career?

  1. 25 Nursing can be stressful at times. Every often we get a patient that pushes our buttons. We just want to scream and tell them a thing or two. Other days we are overwhelmed with the number of patients we have. Running up and down the halls to do the tasks that we were given. It can be upsetting.

    These are the times we need to sit back, relax, and breath. We need to take care of ourselves.

    Give yourself a night out with your friends, exercise for an hour, eat a great meal, or just give yourself 10 minutes of pure relaxation in complete silence. These are just a few things that can help you relax.

    What do you do to help you relax?

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  3. Visit  sapphire18 profile page
    1 or 2 glasses of wine after work always does the trick for me!

    Also, regular therapeutic massages have done wonders.
    maelstrom143, joanna73, NutmeggeRN, and 3 others like this.
  4. Visit  nurseprnRN profile page
    Nothing like a nice mani-pedi on a cold day.

    If a nurse wants to be happier in a career, that nurse should focus on that career, not some nebulous "their" careers for other people. Do what satisfies and enriches you, think positive thoughts about your plans for your future, remember to keep moving forward even if it (maybe especially if) it takes you out of your comfort zone into new waters. Ships were not made to stay in port. Often the greatest satisfaction comes from serendipitous discovery made while looking for something else.
    VickyRN, SarcasticLVN, nrsang97, and 11 others like this.
  5. Visit  annietart profile page
    ohioSICUrn, RN1Each, JMBnurse, and 8 others like this.
  6. Visit  VivaLasViejas profile page
    Vitamins "A" and "Z" for me, thanks!
  7. Visit  whichone'spink profile page
    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    Vitamins "A" and "Z" for me, thanks!
    What are those?

    In any case, I think I'll take up writing again.
    wooh and VivaLasViejas like this.
  8. Visit  CherylRNBSN profile page
    Might Viva be referring to ETOH and sleep???
    ohioSICUrn, joanna73, NutmeggeRN, and 3 others like this.
  9. Visit  sapphire18 profile page
    Lol, Viva, you might keep people guessing all night!

    Although, what Cheryl said would have been quite clever
  10. Visit  tachybradyRN profile page
    I like to try to work out on a regular basis. That seems to help keep the stress in check. Also, my fiance and I cook meals for each other depending on who gets home earlier, and usually he's home first. There's nothing more de-stressing than a nice hot meal and some mindless TV time or video gaming with my hubs.
    simonemesina, proud nurse, SwansonRN, and 1 other like this.
  11. Visit  Jackfackmasta profile page
    Turning the air conditioner to freezing then watching a scary show all by my self with my dog next to myself at midnight snacking on popcorn
    lindarn and SENSUALBLISSINFL like this.
  12. Visit  itsmejuli profile page
    I love going for long rides on my bicycle. Fortunately for me I live in a city with hundreds of kilometers of bike paths.

    Winter is coming, I'll miss my bicycle
    sapphire18 likes this.
  13. Visit  SENSUALBLISSINFL profile page
    Have yet to work as a nurse, but I can tell you that while in nursing school and working full time, time for fun was very few for me....so going to the cinema and having a nice dinner with any of my friends was a way to relax. I also love to read, it has been awhile since I last read a book with the exception of in between semesters. The idea of wine and relaxing music is awesome. My cat has passed away, so I have no cuddling partner for in home movies ;(
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  14. Visit  VivaLasViejas profile page
    Quote from sapphire18
    Lol, Viva, you might keep people guessing all night!

    Although, what Cheryl said would have been quite clever
    You're kidding.....nobody knows what Vitamin A is? Vitamin Z is a little harder to guess, but let's just say that it keeps me mellowwwwwwwww, LOL!
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