Am I cut out for this? - page 2
I just don't know if I am cut out to be a nurse anymore. I've been a CNA for almost a year now. While I enjoy the work and truly love my residents, I cannot handle rude coworkers or family members. I... Read More
Sep 5, '16Occupation: Med-Surg Tele Nurse Specialty: 4 year(s) of experience in Med-Surg ; From: TX, US ; Joined: Feb '12; Posts: 247; Likes: 506I really liked JohnG77's QTIP advice. It can be hard to get used to the nasty, rude and controlling patient's and their families. One thing that I try to bear in mind is that they are going through something awful that they have absolutely no control over. Sometimes they think that the only things that they can control is how often Mom gets her pain medication or how often she gets turned, and then chew you up and spit you out if you are unable to meet each and every demand the second that they hit the button. That is their way of attempting to regain control. That is their way to show love to their ill loved one. Our job is to do the best that we can, put a smile on our face and quit taking it personally You can do it!
One thing though, you HAVE to take time for yourself. Eat. Even if something is going to have to be late. Just take a few minutes and eat. Make sure that you are getting enough sleep as well. I was an emotional basketcase that frequently hyperventilated and cried in the bathroom when I worked on the slower/somewhat easier night shift. I switched to days and slept like a normal human and it's amazing the crap that I'm capable of dealing with now that my mind is rested! You know what they say... take care of yourself or you will not be prepared to take care of others. Best wishes!
Sep 10, '16Occupation: PhD student, Nurse Educator Specialty: 20 year(s) of experience in Pediatrics, Women's Health, Education ; Joined: Aug '16; Posts: 192; Likes: 360It can definitely be difficult and stressful at times. But sleep deprivation makes things seem 100% worse. Going to school and working can be exhausting. I try to remind myself to never make important decisions or trust my judgement when I'm exhausted.