I've been an LPN for 4 years. I work for agency and I just started doing part time home health. I've gotten to the point where I'd rather wonder how I'm going to pay my bills than take another med/surg or telemetry shift. The thought of having to go in for a 12 or even an 8 hour shift now fills me with dread and gives me an upset stomach. Not even the fact that I could be making GOOD money entices me. Is this what they call burnout? I know it's insanity. I'd rather not have enough money to pay my bills than choose to work a shift in a hospital. Thank God for home health.
Yep. Some early signs.
It can get a lot worse if you don't find some way to deal with the stress. See if you can find some stress management courses locally or talk with a counselor.
Or take a vacation and think about what you WANT to do with your days. Facing them with dread is not a reasonable long-term option.
Last edit by sjoe on Aug 18, '02