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anyone here experienced burnout?

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by nars_banana nars_banana (New Member) New Member

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Hey everyone,

How do you deal with burnout at work? Been literally dragging myself going to work as an OR nurse. I know I'm lucky to have a job in a hospital but how do I deal with this stress and burnout? Been working for 3 years in this institution. Help.

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dodoy is a BSN, RN and works as a Hemodialysis RN.

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Seeing that you've been in that institution for 3 years, is it safe to assume that you are already entitled with vacation leave? If so, I think it would be best to use that time to ponder on what really causes that feeling of "drag". Is it the co-workers, the salary, work environment? Or you just simply lost that enthusiasm/spark like way back when you were still starting your career?

In my point of view, the major factor contributing to that feeling is the fact that work in the OR will seem to be a routine in the long run. Please don't get me wrong as I am not trying to judge your work area. Yes, cases may vary from day to day. Rare procedures will be done one day then another, but still there's this feeling of doing things over and over again. A sense of achievement by learning and experiencing something new is somehow (IMHO) limited in this area.

These observations are not just simply my thoughts, but also some of the circumstances that I've encountered myself while working in an HD unit.

If you're just tired to the bones with the work in the OR in a hospital and is wanting to have time for yourself, I suggest you find less stressful work like that in outpatient surgery centers. I'm not sure if you've heard of them but I believe their working hours are less demanding as compared to a hospital. May I also suggest you visit the link below. It may not be applicable here in Ph but is still worthy to read. The article and the comments below are wonderful bits of advice.

https://allnurses.com/general-articles-about/my-reasons-avoiding-802343.html

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Do you love OR nursing? There are so many different types of nursing, maybe a fresh start after a few weeks off is the answer. Is there a nursing shortage where you live? I've found my niche after trying different things in corrections. But home health is also a good one and usually pays pretty well.

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Working as a nurse is both physically and mentally draining, making us very much prone to burnouts. Is there a chance for you to take some time off? Take a break, spend a day pampering yourself, spend a day in a spa and get a good massage and try to reflect if that’s what you really love to do!

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zero. has 6 years experience and works as a Dialysis Charge Nurse / Intervention Radiology Nur.

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You definitely need a vacation.

It doesn't need to be that expensive. Try going on a 1 week's vacation every 3 or 4 months.

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