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As hard as it is to admit even now---two months after my career crashed and burned in a rather spectacular flameout that my former co-workers are reportedly still talking about---there's something to... Read More

  1. Visit  Nascar nurse profile page
    #13 1
    Your ability to write from a brutally honest standpoint is both fascinating and gut wrenching. My best to you always. Peace!
  2. Visit  RNfaster profile page
    #14 1
    Thought-provoking and valuable... thank you.
  3. Visit  subee profile page
    #15 1
    This is what spiritual recovery looks like. I wish this could be written in the sky.
  4. Visit  CrunchRN profile page
    #16 1
    Wouldn't it be great if we didn't have to earn a living and could really direct our lives the way we know is best?
  5. Visit  tinyonern profile page
    #17 2
    Thank you for articulating these important lessons so beautifully. I wish I had understood them when I was much younger, it would have prevented a few of my own crash and burns. I was lucky in some respects, my working "family" was supportive and so my career wasn't ruined. After over 35 years I am now disabled from MS (only dx'd a few years ago) and although I miss my friends I have realized my whole being isn't defined as a nurse...
  6. Visit  txredheadnurse profile page
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    Perhaps Marla it is now time to do spiritual care instead of nursing care. Not just of yourself but to others. Perhaps this entire change in your health, your career, your overall life is a call to travel a new pathway. My opinion is you should discuss the current situation and the stuff leading up to the meltdown in your nursing career with your spiritual counselor and see if perhaps you have indeed been called to help others through ministry. Heaven knows us strong willed gals can be pretty hard to get through to at times. (I include myself in this category.)
  7. Visit  VivaLasViejas profile page
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    Quote from txredheadnurse
    Perhaps Marla it is now time to do spiritual care instead of nursing care. Not just of yourself but to others. Perhaps this entire change in your health, your career, your overall life is a call to travel a new pathway. My opinion is you should discuss the current situation and the stuff leading up to the meltdown in your nursing career with your spiritual counselor and see if perhaps you have indeed been called to help others through ministry. Heaven knows us strong willed gals can be pretty hard to get through to at times. (I include myself in this category.)
    You know, it's interesting that you've mentioned this. A few months ago, I was considering asking my parish priest about starting a mental health group for church members who might not be comfortable discussing their issues with other parishioners, or even know how to access help. Then I got sick and the idea went on to the back burner. Hmmm......my schedule is pretty wild and wacky right now and it'll be a while before I settle into a shift and a routine, but maybe down the road a bit (if I can remain stable) I could approach Father and see what he thinks. Great thought, and thank you txredhead!
  8. Visit  txredheadnurse profile page
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    You are welcome. Personally most of my spiritual growth and understanding has only happened after I kept encountering roadblocks while attempting to follow dysfunctional established patterns. This is what spurred the strong willed statement. Sometimes the powers that be have to scream and throw things at me to get through (metaphorically speaking of course.)
  9. Visit  judybsn profile page
    #21 1
    Thank you so much for this!! "To everything a season" speaks to me where I'm at right now in my career journey. You are amazing and have helped so many! Keep writing forever!
  10. Visit  myjade_84 profile page
    #22 1
    I was touched with your words. Thank you for sharing this with us.
  11. Visit  nursechris1 profile page
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    Thank you for writing this. I am 47, and guessing that unless I find a sugar daddy, LOL, I will be working for at least another 20 years. I am in a job now that I love, correctional nursing, but I am on call 24/7. My boss has been good about covering call if I need time off. Getting a vacation is another story. I don't have coverage. I don't want to leave a job I love. On the other hand, I want to be able to hike, snowshoe, travel while I am still able to. You never know what can happen. I am not in poor health, but not great health either. I don't take care of myself. I too need to lose about 20 pounds. I don't feel that I can date. Who wants to date someone who is on call all the time? I feel for you. As far as what other people at work are saying, I have learned that it really doesn't matter what other people think.
  12. Visit  LisalaRN99 profile page
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    This is a very good, thought provoking article. Thank you. As a nurse who also crashed and burned, although managed to keep it private and out of the work place, I, too, have had to learn how to take care of myself. I have been toying with the idea of going to nurse practitioner school now that I have finished my BSN (finally!). I'm 55 years old and have been a nurse for 14 years. When you said you no longer needed to be on call 24/7, that's when it hit me! What am I thinking!! My whole original plan was to become a nurse educator! Where did all this glorified ambition come from all of a sudden! No NP school for me now! No siree! You have helped me finally lay that pie-in-the-sky dream to rest! I'll go get a MSN as a nurse educator like I originally planned! Thank you friend.
  13. Visit  VivaLasViejas profile page
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    Quote from LisalaRN99
    This is a very good, thought provoking article. Thank you. As a nurse who also crashed and burned, although managed to keep it private and out of the work place, I, too, have had to learn how to take care of myself. I have been toying with the idea of going to nurse practitioner school now that I have finished my BSN (finally!). I'm 55 years old and have been a nurse for 14 years. When you said you no longer needed to be on call 24/7, that's when it hit me! What am I thinking!! My whole original plan was to become a nurse educator! Where did all this glorified ambition come from all of a sudden! No NP school for me now! No siree! You have helped me finally lay that pie-in-the-sky dream to rest! I'll go get a MSN as a nurse educator like I originally planned! Thank you friend.
    And thank YOU---this made my day!

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