BURNOUT! and Switching Specialties - page 2

Anyone have experience in switching nursing specialties? I currently am in my 10th year of SICU/Trauma nursing and have hit a brick wall. After much denial, soul searching, and frustration, I have... Read More

  1. by   fergus51
    Yup, that's the level 2 we are talking about. Much less acuity than a level 3.
  2. by   Repat
    OK, guys, any ideas other than mother/baby? Not interested, but my feelings about where I work are exactly what have been said here - stress, stress, stress. Thanks -
  3. by   fergus51
    What do you like? A clinic setting is one area I know a lot of stressed NICU and ICU nurses seem to go to.... You know, like places where they do MRIs or minor ambulatory setting procedures and such.... I always thought dialysis would be a cool place to work too....
  4. by   my2sons
    OK, Just finished my resume and it looks a little ridiculous. OBJECTIVE: A position as a staff nurse in a Level II Nursery...Blah blah blah down to my work experience and my now irrelevant credentials...ccrn,acls,pals,atls, CV, VAD, IABP, CVVH,Neurosurg, trauma surg...you get the picture. It looks like I made a typo in the objective part. I am signed up to take neonatal resuscitation next month, that should help.
  5. by   Repat
    Dialysis has always intersted me, too. I must speak to the nurses who come to our hospital. I really do like the hospital, but these days it's just too dangerous. I'm stressed before I go to work, worrying about what might happen, and stressed when I get out of work worrying about what I missed. Doesn't leve too much time for relaxation!
  6. by   kyti
    Pacu is a great place for burnt out ICU nurses. I worked ICU for 5yrs before I got burnt out. PACU is great. I get to use my ICU skills, airway management, vents, art lines, cvps, drips. Very independent area. Lots of critical thinking skills. People do not usual die in pacu and you only have them for an hour or two. People come in for surgery you make them better and send them away. I can now sleep at night knowing I made someone feel better, not something I could always do in ICU.
  7. by   CherryRN
    Who cares what people say or think? I mean, really who cares?

    If you want to work Level II NICU, then go work Level II NICU. I'm sure they would welcome you with open arms, you might find a whole new area you love, and you will be HAPPY.

    Just be happy.

    Best of luck.

  8. by   skelly127
    hey guys, im new to allnurses. i am in real need of help. im a third year general student nurse and have to do a literature review. I have decided to do it on `nurses burnout in accident and emergency/intensive care departments`. I can only find abstacts of articles and can't get any full text. time is passing me by and every one else seems to have theirs half finished. please, please, please, can someone out there give me a hand. any information on where i could go would be great!!!!
  9. by   my2sons
    Hey Skelly, I remember my college librarian helping me out A LOT with the reviews of literature. I remember starting out my search on MEDLINE.
  10. by   luv2nurseinER
    my2sons, God, I can relate. I HATE my current job in ER and have applied to a level II nursery. The first interview was tough because the first thing they wanted was what experience I had with newborns. Other than delivering a couple in the ER, none. I pressed the fact that clinical skills can be learned as evedenced by my current credentials, but intuition and nursing judgement only come with nursing experience. I'm waiting to hear from the Nursery Manager now, but have decided if I don't get this job, I'm going to apply for every available nursery job in the Philly area Good luck in your search.
  11. by   fergus51
    There are also specialty courses you can take which cover newborn patho and theory. Some even offer clinical placements.
  12. by   Gompers
    Quote from fergus51
    There are also specialty courses you can take which cover newborn patho and theory. Some even offer clinical placements.

    The STABLE program is an excellent thing to have on your resume if you are planning to go into nursery or NICU. It's directed at normal newborn nurseries and level II units, and it's basically a course about how to stabilize sick newborns until the transport team comes to take the baby to the NICU. It's offered in many states, so check it out!


    As far as neo recussitation, it's another good thing to have, but I'd try for the STABLE program first. Neo recus. is focused on delivery room stuff, and in most places new neo nurses don't get to go to deliveries for a few months anyways, but the STABLE program is like a mini-NICU prep course.
    Last edit by Gompers on Mar 5, '04
  13. by   PACU R/N
    Hey there, I can understand your "burnout" in acute care nursing - do take the step to switch nursing speciality. You will be welcomed. Say you want a change...you can still use your clinical skills and have satisfaction in nursing! Actually have done the opposite to you. I started in OR but had to go to wards as I wanted to do part-time. I was devastated for quite some time. Went onto night duty for 13yrs. Poor sleep patterns were beginning to affect me. Always wanted to go back to OR. Attended ICU/ED introductory course and Anaes/recovery room nursing quick course. Am much happier and sleeping better. Goodluck Girl - once decision is made you will do well

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    Anyone have experience in switching nursing specialties? I currently am in my 10th year of SICU/Trauma nursing and have hit a brick wall. After much denial, soul searching, and frustration, I have finally admitted to myself that I am burned out and in desperate need of a change. I was thinking about doing a complete change and applying for a job in the Wellbaby/Newborn Nursery. My co-workers think that I'm nuts for "wasting" my CCRN credential and natural aptitude for ICU nursing, but I hate my current job. The low quality of patient care, lack of supervisor involvement, under-staffing, inappropriate staffing, and the stressors that go with them have invaded my psyche and infiltrated my entire life! (Just yesterday I had an agency LVN without vent or pressor experience taking care of a septic, hypotensive ventilator pt while I'm charge with a fresh open heart and another patient AND precepting a new grad who has 2 patients!) I know I need to get out of there but a few things are holding me back: I'm afraid that I will get "demoted" in the clinical ladder back to a Level 1 since I have no experience with Newborns. I cannot have worked ten years in ICU to be making new grad salary. And the second concern I have is what do I tell the manager of the Nursery when asked why I want to transfer? Is burnout an acceptable answer? I really think I need to work with healthy little ones at the start of their lives instead of seriously ill/injured adults often at the end of their lives. I need to refill my cup. Thanks for any input.