Quote from mollymoocow
I have observed nursing burnout in several of the hospitals I have been in. What do you feel in the number one cause of nurse burn out and what suggestions do you have for a new nurse to avoid this situation?
I'm a new nurse. In January, we swapped roles: He got out of the Air Force (after 10 years) and went back to school; I got out of school after 9 years (and 2 degrees) and went back to work. So... Although I make good money, I don't make as much as my husband did. Fortunately, our income is currently supplemented by his unemployment & GI Bill money. His unemployment runs out in August though, which is financially unnerving. All that being said...
We thought about me working 1 OT shift per pay period to bring in some extra money. After working for 2 1/2 months now, though, I've realized that -- if I were to do that -- I would burn out in no time fast. While I enjoy my job, it is emotionally and physically demanding. That being said...
I am very fortunate to have a friend who knows someone who knows someone in home health. Long story short, the HH agency is small and willing to hire me part time (for now, with the future prospect of working full time for them). I will make great money with them, not working nearly as hard or as many hours.
So... all that is to say that, although I enjoy my job, I KNOW I would not be able to handle OT there. It would ENSURE my burnout. I need to bring in more money, though, and I'm certain I'll love HH, so I've taken this alternate route to secure the finances we'll need.
I know that was a roundabout answer answer, but that's my personal experience with the prospects of burning out.
Good luck to you!