Jump to content

Chronic lack of energy! New nurse problems.

Stress 101   (2,094 Views 6 Comments)
by LucyRn4 LucyRn4 (New Member) New Member

1,449 Visitors; 17 Posts

advertisement

Hey everyone. I'm a new nurse, going on 5 months now. I got my dream job in a NICU and I am happy to be in the unit I am in, but I am constantly battling my energy levels (or lack thereof). My #1 stress reliever before becoming a nurse was exercising but now, on my days off, I am just TOO tired to do anything. When I do go to gym, I have to force myself and the entire workout is just a battle. I hear my co workers talking about their exercising habits and how some of them even run after a shift and that's just mindboggling to me!

I will admit that I do not get much sleep before a shift, often because of nerves, or sometimes I just don't get to bed until a late time. My average is about 4.5-5 hours of sleep before a shift. I am trying to work on that, thinking that may help, but even when I sleep 8+ hours after a shift, I am still wiped out the next day.

Anyway, I was just wondering if anyone else experienced this problem and how you coped with it. I'm desperate. I've been off for 2 days and I am STILL exhausted.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

1,565 Visitors; 9 Posts

yes & Iam sorry to say I discovered I had SLE & RA !!!!! Fatigue is a symptom that we blow off but shouldn't. If anyone experiences continuos fatigue, get yourself checked out. I ignored it & am disabled now !!!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

1,449 Visitors; 17 Posts

Ladyjedimaster,I have actually been tested for SLE and for thyroid issues as well. All my tests were negative.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

1,565 Visitors; 9 Posts

Hey everyone. I'm a new nurse, going on 5 months now. I got my dream job in a NICU and I am happy to be in the unit I am in, but I am constantly battling my energy levels (or lack thereof). My #1 stress reliever before becoming a nurse was exercising but now, on my days off, I am just TOO tired to do anything. When I do go to gym, I have to force myself and the entire workout is just a battle. I hear my co workers talking about their exercising habits and how some of them even run after a shift and that's just mindboggling to me!

I will admit that I do not get much sleep before a shift, often because of nerves, or sometimes I just don't get to bed until a late time. My average is about 4.5-5 hours of sleep before a shift. I am trying to work on that, thinking that may help, but even when I sleep 8+ hours after a shift, I am still wiped out the next day.

Anyway, I was just wondering if anyone else experienced this problem and how you coped with it. I'm desperate. I've been off for 2 days and I am STILL exhausted.

Still keep it in mind. I was tested for everything possible & wasn't diagnosed for a year. TO ALL NURSES !!!!! DO NOT IGNORE SEVERE FATIGUE !!!! VERY INSIDIOUS SYMPTOM !!!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

VivaLasViejas has 20 years experience as a ASN, RN and works as a Retired/Disabled Nurse and Blogger.

8 Followers; 142 Articles; 247,342 Visitors; 9,568 Posts

Sometimes fatigue can be a subtle sign of depression. I'm sure being a new nurse in a specialty unit is very stressful, and you may be experiencing some emotional fallout from having to learn so many things so quickly and driving yourself at an inhuman pace to absorb and use all of the information. You are, after all, working with critically ill newborns....the responsibility must be overwhelming at times.

If I were you, I'd do a "gut check" and find out if you're simply asking too much of yourself. I'm not saying you need to change jobs, only that you have to learn to manage the stress of this one so that you don't burn out. And of course, try to eat as healthfully as possible, because eating crap makes you feel like crap, and that's the last thing you need right now. Good luck to you!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

3,251 Visitors; 138 Posts

Although you lack energy and motivation to work out, it's probably the best thing you can do for yourself. Nursing requires a huge adjustment period, I have complete faith this will pass. Keep ur chin up, go to the gym and be nice to yourself :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
advertisement
×