I need help. I have been a nurse now for 9 years (I am 32) I have worked in every field and currently in adult ICU. I started buring out about 4 years ago and became a traveler. I am at the point of total burnout now. I cry at least once a week. I cannot believe how understaffed hospitals are. I am afraid I am going to have a nervous breakdown.
I have a BSN if that helps any. My only experiece is in bed side nursing. I just need a different setting or some sort of hope.....
Jul 17, '04
It is very easy to get frustrated in our field but take a few minutes and remember why you became a nurse. For me, it was the opportunity to help others. There is a certain satisfaction in knowing that each day YOU have made a vital difference in somebody's life. Our patients depend on us but they also draw strength from us even if it is just from a friendly word or a smile when they are feeling afraid or alone. I know that this can be draining but it can also provide a satisfaction that no other job I have ever held can. Many of my patients have improved my life greatly by just having the opportunity of meeting them. Yes, I know that their are the other patients out there that can make you wonder why you continue to come in to work everyday but the other ones often make it worth your while. Keep your chin up and I wish you all the best.
Last edit by ladynursetw on Jul 17, '04