Quote from butterfly26pn
I think I understand your frustration. I am a person who needs a simple thank you every so often also. Thankfully though I am doing a peds private duty with a great family who thanks me often. Its not that I dont already do a good job but it helps me get through every day and want to do an even better job knowing that they do appreciate what I do there.
I have a question for the original poster or whoever else wants to answer. I am a new nurse and started this peds job a couple of months ago. Like I said I work with a great family and child every day. I dont want to work hospital or nursing home where I will be overwhelmed and behind all day on my work. I enjoy a job to be a little more laid back. The problem is that I recently started to get bored. Ive only been on the job for 2 months and dont know if it will get better. Have I gotton myself into a job thats not for me or should I give it time, I dont want to go hospital , I hated it there during my clinicals in school. Im starting to wonder if I should have even went to nursing school. If I dont like hospital, nursing home, and now am getting bored with peds , what else is left? This has been the best job I have ever had. I simply am getting bored. Any suggestion?
Hi Butterfly! I'm the original poster. Ya know, I think I am going through the exact same thing as you. To go backwards a little... There are more complex sides and issues in my private duty case than I indicated in my original post. The family has a long history of dysfunctional coping. Adding to this is that former nurses on the case did not have proper professional boundaries, and this enabled the family to go even deeper into their dysfunctional coping patterns. There is a lot to it.
But ANYWAYS, I have had this job over two years now. Although there are some very good thing about this case, I'm thinking that after being in it day in and day out for over two years now - that, well, my tolerance level for certain things has gotten thin. I'm thinking that the monotony of the exact same thing every day has just gotten to me - and I am reacting by over-reacting to little things. (I'm trying to analyze myself! haha)
Anyways, I am seriously thinking I need a new job. Like you - I can NOT go back to a hospital or any other type of chaotic/hectic nursing setting. After almost 14 years of that I am totally burned out!! I just don't know what nursing job that I want! I'm picky in various other ways too (One example: I'm a natural night owl. Can NOT hack day shift) - so that rules out a bunch of nursing jobs right there! Etc. The thought of leaving nursing after 16 years has even occurred to me.
I have thought of one other option - maybe this might be a thought for you too Butterfly? My agency has several private duty cases that are for RN's. I'm thinking that instead of being on only one case, maybe I could be a prn/per diem fill in on several cases. It would still be the more relaxed private duty atmosphere, but at least I'd be on several cases so it would not be so monotonous! And if I'm just working the cases here and there, I won't be getting so tangled up by any dysfunctionality in the families. I think I am going to contact my agency and see if this is an option. My agency also does flu clinics and that would be another easier thing I could do during flu clinic time.
I hope my rambles may have helped...