Burned Out?

Specialties Home Health


I have been nursing for just over a year now. I love nursing, really i do but....I feel so sick and tired of it all. My patients are fine for the most part but the people i work for and with are driving me insane. I still feel so new at everything and i know that i will always make mistakes but will it ever slow down?

Between my crazy schedule and the people in the office, i dont even want to go to work any more.

Should i tough it out or take a break? Does it get better after the first year?


280 Posts

My first year was awful. I prayed every day on the way to work that I wouldn't hurt anyone. It does get much better. Stick it out.

Maybe you need to think about moving to a different agency. It sounds like your problem lies with your co-workers/employer, not your patients.


38 Posts

Specializes in Med/Surg,OR,Pain Management,Home Health.

Wow do you sound like me. I cried so hard last week, my husband told me to call my super the next day and put in my 2 week notice. So, I stayed home all day, did some yoga, and tried to relax. This week-end was much better. I also feel soooo tired of all the stuff that goes on in the office. I have complained 3 times to the DON about the fact that I CAN'T see more than 10 patients a day!!! So, this week-end, I had 10 each day. Now mind you and adm each day and on sunday, 3 oasis and 1 adm and 5 regular visits. Hard but do able. I have been at this for 1 year 2 months. Some days just suck period....I am just glad to have a job. Maybe if we keep hanging in there it will improve, there are not many other companies around here for me to check into.


126 Posts


That's CRAZY INSANE!!! Who do you work for? You need to find another job. Remember that people will only take advantage of you if YOU allow it!

TEN visits a day, even if in the SAME house, is TOO much. Especially if four of them or OASIS visits.

Sorry, but NO money is worth that much---and I'm guessing here, they aren't paying you that well if they treat you like that.

Seriously, find somewhere else.

Good luck!


38 Posts

Specializes in Med/Surg,OR,Pain Management,Home Health.


You are right, well yesterday, I went in and we had a "team meeting" which lasted until almost 1000 am and then I look at my schedule and guess what? I have an adm, one visit to set up telehealth, a wound vac patient, and a recert, and 6 regular visits. Gosh and there are NO telehealth machines clean, and of course, no admission packets put together. Sheesh people so I got to go do this and then, go see 10 people. And that's not the kicker, while I am putting together the admission packet and cleaning the telehealth machine, I get called in to the DOO.

Now I find out that 3 patient's called to complain in the last month. One was ****** cause she couldn't get a HHA 2 times a week instead of 1. I told her since she was better they were going to pull the hha out. Anyway, I told her maybe she wanted to think about hospice or an ALF. The other one got mad cause I raised my voice to her dog- that was trying to lick her leg while I was doing wound care, YUCH. Well, needless to say, that did for me. I started crying, I got so upset and mad I had to come home. Today, I am going to give my 2 week notice. I would rather be home and broke than take this crap. Hope I am not making a mistake, but hey I gotta keep my sanity.


476 Posts

yogalover 47,

I can't believe the nerve of your agency thinking that your schedule was even somewhat okay, that burns my britches for you! you were/are doing the work of two people.....did you realize that? please god i hope you actually did quit this job, how horrible! shame on them, you'll find something better, anythings better than that....gggeeessshhh...

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