I know this is an old post, but I just wanted to say thank you for posting what I'm feeling. I started becoming burnt out about 3 years ago, but this year just took the cake. I had a nervous breakdown directly and indirectly due to working as a nurse and I've been on disability for 9 months. Although I have recovered my mental health, I'm afraid that my zeal for nursing was a casualty. I've been looking to see if there are maybe some low-stress nursing jobs
, but the fact is, I don't want to be a nurse anymore. And I feel so guilty! I'm fortunate to have a dear devoted husband who looks after my best interests. He is very much against my returning to nursing in ANY capacity.
So now the question is, what to do with my time? I think I'm going to contact a local agency which provides disaster relief and food pantry. There's also a ministry which provides relief and support for homeless women & children, ESOL classes, workshops on how to interview, what to wear, what to say, how to fill out the papers,etc. I think i would bring a lot to that kind of job. And if I forget something, nobody dies!
Argh. I never thought I would retire at 53, but here I am and it feels weird.