(Also posted in the Health/stress management 101 forum):
I apologize if this has been discussed before:
I am inquiring as to what my fellow nurses on here believe to be the least stressful nursing job/specialty. I know the answers to this question can vary for a multitude of factors, (age of the nurse, education, location etc.) but really just looking for people to talk about their experience and the jobs where they have felt the least stressed. Please discuss how you may have felt in some of your jobs.
Thank you all in advance
Feb 2, '14
by Marisette, BSN
No apology required. I can't imagine a nursing job without high stress. I've read comments throughout the forum that there is stress in non nursing jobs, but I don't think most of the jobs compare to nursing stress. Nurses are responsible for people's lives. One mistake may be one too many so the consequences of mistakes are not forgiven.
I have worked in nuring for about 26 years, possibly more, lost count. I enjoyed nursing for the first 18 years. I mostly worked in dialysis and I was very young when I started so I continue to work. But it's a world of difference now since I started. Some nurses like dialysis, but I'm personally tired of it. It's mostly a business if you work for the large corporations that have taken over the dialysis industry. Short staffing of nurses is common. Companies prefer to hire technicians at lower wages and nurses manage the technicians. Nurses are pushed to meet patient satisfaction, and help patients meet medicare required guidelines for reimbursement. The patients are mostly non compliant and when they don't meet goals, nurses are blamed, or the nurse did not do enough... Nurses get paid according to when they clock in and out. God forbid we don't clock out for lunch. We work with others in health care, social workers and dietitians. They don't clock in or out, arrive later than the nurses and leave earlier. They focus on diet and psycho-social issues. When they feel overwhelmed, the nurses are required to fill in the gaps. So that means we handle the insurance issues, and assist as diet aids. They are considered part of the management team. I just had two complain that my Plan of Care for a patient was inadequate to the manager. The nephrologist seldom make their rounds, wave at the patients, and hold the nurses accountable for policies or algorithms which are basically orders to help patients achieve goal. These orders are mass created by the company and the physicians review and sign them for all the patients. Some dialysis nurses are required to take Call. I feel everything is dumped on the nurses. Most of the nurses will not speak out, and fear participating in getting a union started. I have tried to find jobs away from dialysis, but with less stress, and frankly I don't believe there are any. I'm now hoping to get a certification somewhere away from nursing.
Last edit by Marisette on Feb 2, '14