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- Dec 10, '10 by PACNWNURSINGQuote from BurntOutRNThis is not a new, many new nurses enter nursing and have the reality of hospital nursing hit them, 12 hour long shifts, holidays, weekends etc... especially those with young children... they get their critical care experience and make a huge amount of money with only part time employment via an agency, per-diem or travel nursing. The good ole days of making Per deim money and getting benefits from the spouses job!!!well i did it. i resigned from my full time job and am now just working prn for an agency. i'm still doing critical care, but its less stressful because i only have to work 1 day per week and still earn the same salary as working 3 days at my full time job. i don't have to work any weekends or holidays, no required staff meetings, no politics. i get in and out. its still physically stressful, however i get the least critical assignments now, so it gives me a break from the mental stress.
This may not be the least stressful but its definately LESS stressful. I actually have a life now, and time with my family, so this will have to do until i finish graduate school.
Hospitals need to do a better job of keeping nurses. They do not allow nurses to be honest about their feelings with their current job or unit, so the nurses just look for work else where.
Which is too bad I am jealous of those nurses who were and are able to work 2 times a week and bring home more pay then a full time staffer. I entered nursing hoping to work those 3 12 hour day shifts and make some extra on the side with some easy nursing employment on my other days off. Unfortunately with the economy most of those type of part time jobs are gone. With cost being a major factor for most healthcare facilities, I believe those days of nurses bouncing from specialty to specialty and facility to facility to huge raises are not going to return.
- Dec 10, '10 by CbuttsI'm loving this post's responses! So many opportunities for nursing out there that I hadn't even considered...
- Aug 17, '11 by kmalon4Psych nursing!
Yes it's stressfull (I'm in pediatric psych) because you have 20 patients and you are in charge of the unit, but no one is on the verge of life or death from a physical medical issue. Of course there are patients who have suicidal ideations and attempts and that's why they are admitted, but if you are working in a safe facility there shouldn't be any serious attempts. Working in pediatric psych I have never had any issues, most of the kids are there with MOOD D/O NOS, IED, etc. Most aren't there because they wanted to kill themselves...most are there because they are aggressive or really hyper. Now, the other thing is I know a lot of nurses want nothing to do with psych, I was a psych major before I switched to nursing and have always wanted to do psych nursing, so I'm sure that's why I love it. Anyways just a suggestion!
- Jun 19, '12 by babynurse73I think I may be the only nurse who finds post partum stressful. The ridiculously anxious new parents or labor patient that you cannot soothe, the drug addicted mother, breastfeeding nightmares (baby friendly BS), teenagers texting instead of caring for their newborns, catching a baby who crumps, rushing to the OR after 2 hours of pushing with a pt., etc, etc. There are times that I love my job, but then there are other times I work days on a pretty busy LDRP unit and sometimes I feel emotionally, physically, and mentally drained. Is there any other nurses out there who feel this way, or am I crazy and ungrateful to have this job??
- Jun 30, '12 by psychRN319Quote from SlightlyMental_RNOMG!! You read my mind!!! AMEN
Just wanted to pipe in on that one, as this is my area: Being an RN in a chemical dependency/detox unit is not a low-stress position, in my opinion. You tend to get many dual-diagnosis patients (psych), and people addicted to opiates (majority of our cases these days) are notoriously PIA's. Now, that being said, I really like my job, but this is not something that is easy to deal with. The inappropriate behaviors, staff-splitting, and sometimes gut-wrenching personal lives of the patients are enough to make you want to chuck it all and go live in a cabin in a remote corner of Alaska. Yes, it isn't as intensive with your skills, but long-term drug/alcohol abuse tends to make for terrible health conditions, so you tend to deal with lots of renal/hepatic failure, clotting/pancreatic/neuro/compromised immune system issues. You still have to do IVs, understand lab results, and remember much of your pathophysiology coursework. I have found that this area is nursing is oft-misunderstood , and undervalued. Just my . Good luck on your job search!
- Jul 2, '12 by lweave2Quote from patricia farringtonI did Quality assurance and utilization review for insurance companies. The hours were 9 to 5 and no weekends. I loved that job. No stress.
Hi Patricia- How did you get your foot in the door with an insurance company? Would truly appreciate your recommendations/ suggestions.- Thank YOu!- Lisa