Quote from GaMBA
Why have you decided not to pursue other areas (ie change specialties/setting/place of employmt/level of pt interaction, etc)?
The best way to describe the way I feel is betrayed. I have loved nursing and given years of my life to nursing. I gave nursing my youth, my energy, my optimism. And steadily through the years, nursing has been like a bad husband. Only taking.
One day it has to stop. That is when we say we are burned out. It is more like used up. We have to take care of ourselves, because nursing has not been there for us. Just like a marriage, by the time it is over, we have tried so many ways to make it work. And, like a marriage, we have invested decades of our lives.
So, I am pursuing other areas, but they all sound suspiciously like what I have had before.
I am happy to be here today to tell AN:
Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2010!