Nursing = stressful career!!

  1. What would you say is the LEAST stressful nursing position out there? I know they all have their stressors, but which one would you say has the least amount? I am curious about everyone's opinion. Thanks!!
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  3. by   RNsRWe
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    What would you say is the LEAST stressful nursing position out there? I know they all have their stressors, but which one would you say has the least amount? I am curious about everyone's opinion. Thanks!!
    Least stressful? RETIRED!
  4. by   fultzymom
    Quote from RNsRWe
    Least stressful? RETIRED!

    AMEN to that!!:spin:
  5. by   dbihl
    Quote from samaletta
    What would you say is the LEAST stressful nursing position out there? I know they all have their stressors, but which one would you say has the least amount? I am curious about everyone's opinion. Thanks!!

    Uhhh stress? Uhhh YEaah! But remember while nursing is can be emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually stressing, all of these stressors plus good coping skills = massive growth and strength. (or you shrivel up in a ball and cry J/K )
  6. by   nurturing_angel
    It can be highly individual too. Going to work on med surg was almost certainly going to give me a cardiac event or a nervous breakdown. My med surg coworkers almost breezed through the day. I was going home to take nitroglycerine cocktails to stop the coronary artery spasms. Transferred back to OB (my 1st love ) and the stress level is almost nil for me. Yet, others in the hospital says they don't understand how caring for laboring women and new babies and the whole delivery process can be less stress for me. I don't understand it either but I know its true. I rarely use nitro now.
  7. by   UnidentifiedNurse
    Life is stressful. No matter if you are a student or a worker. Many times when I get stressed from work, I start to think of what other career I can think of that pays well and be less stressful. However I just cannot think of any. Then I realize many other careers can be even MORE stressful. A lot of my friends' jobs have no set hours. They work morning till night 7 days a week. Then I realize how lucky I am. Sure it's stressful on the days I'm working, but I do only work three days a week and the days I have off, I can relax without thinking of work. Of course I can also do further research and studying to gain more knowledge in nursing, but that would come from my own personal choice to see how far I want to advance my career.
  8. by   bargainhound
    It definitely is individualized to the nurse/person.
    We all have different reactions to different situations.
    We just have to learn which ones we can tolerate.
    It is different for each one of us.
    Also, at different times of our lives/careers, needs/tolerances change.
    Situations I loved when I was in my 20's would not stress me out.
    Soul searching/ being in tune with how you react to different
    types of work situations will help you decide what to do/where to
    work. Also as you learn what stressors go with particular work
    sites, you will be able to decide if you can or cannot tolerate it
    (mentally and physically).

    I once was in a work situation where the CNA told the supervisor
    that she just loved the unit and the staff. He said, "well, just wait
    it will change." I thought at the time that he was really cynical, but
    really he was right. We have to accept the fact that all things are
    subject to change and be aware that even though it is perfect at
    the time for us, it may change and become intolerable. This has
    also happened to me. There can always be things out of our control
    that change a work situation to become totally untolerable (change in
    manager, for example.........some are totally bizarre/dishonest/have
    no one's interest in mind but their own/etc).
    Last edit by bargainhound on Feb 23, '07 : Reason: spelling
  9. by   RNsRWe
    Quote from nurturing_angel
    It can be highly individual too. Going to work on med surg was almost certainly going to give me a cardiac event or a nervous breakdown. My med surg coworkers almost breezed through the day. I was going home to take nitroglycerine cocktails to stop the coronary artery spasms. Transferred back to OB (my 1st love ) and the stress level is almost nil for me. Yet, others in the hospital says they don't understand how caring for laboring women and new babies and the whole delivery process can be less stress for me. I don't understand it either but I know its true. I rarely use nitro now.
    I was grinning ear to ear reading this post! Not laughing AT you, of course, just at your funny style of expression

    Now, for those who think med-surg is just a place to practice some skills and isn't really a specialty....LOL....I bet you could change their minds!
  10. by   Gromit
    Wow! Well, I don't really know of a non-stressful aspect of nursing -my floor sends many floaters screaming by the end of the shift -WE cope with it fairly well, but its our floor (hehe). Devil you know etc etc etc. Though I did work extra shifts in short-term stay (23hr observation) and it was a cakewalk by comparison. Basically, I was bored to tears -and thats a stress of its own kind. Now I don't look for stress-free time at the facility, but find ways to relax when the shift is over. For me, that means riding my "big ole bike" on the back roads to get home. There is just nothing like sitting on a big engine, feeling the wind and not having to answer to anyone for anything.
  11. by   Jo Dirt
    Quote from Anonymousnurse
    Life is stressful. No matter if you are a student or a worker. Many times when I get stressed from work, I start to think of what other career I can think of that pays well and be less stressful. However I just cannot think of any. Then I realize many other careers can be even MORE stressful. A lot of my friends' jobs have no set hours. They work morning till night 7 days a week.
    You think this can't happen in nursing???

    I can think of a job less stressful: hot dog stand. You finish up at the auction or flea market or wherever and you don't have to worry about covering another shift for someone who has called in. I know it isn't as bad because I've done it before.
    As soon as I can get enough money up for my own little tow behind I'm going to give it a whirl.
  12. by   DutchgirlRN
    DH went to the Dr this morning and the Dr said "I don't know how those nurses work that floor up there, I couldn't ever do it, how's your dw I haven't seen here lately"? He told him after 25+ years in the hosp I finally hung it up and doing HH. He said, "Smart woman"!
  13. by   weirdRN
    Quote from dbihl
    (or you shrivel up in a ball and cry )
    Actually, you are right on track....Not kidding
  14. by   CaLLaCoDe
    Sometimes I think the additional stress of work and how well we handle it, helps us to be better at regular every day stress. Which is more stressful, having your patient's life slip from you, or have a coffee mug slip and fall to the grown making a mini Katrina on your carpet?

    I do believe that the workers that one is involved with at work can increase your stress level, if you let it! For example, my patient earlier this morning coded and I felt awful afterwords, rehearsing in my mind the events and regretting possible actions I could have taken proactively; so, I was not ready when the dialysis nurse told me I should help move my other patient when I was finishing up my morning med pass...BIG mistake was my telling her no way, nurse assistant can do you the favor! 'Cause she let me have it!!! Loudly told the day shift leader and a nursing instructor of my terrible "team player" attitude! Go figure when just earlier I had helped her move her dialysis cart to the room "X," while explaining to her the stress of dealing with the recent code and when things didn't work with hooking up the hoses to the faucet in the room I had called maintenance to help solve the "problem." Besides, telling others she blabbed to the family of Pt X how awful a nurse I was! I held my peace, because I wanted to make it home in one piece, untangled, and resolute not to do tit for tat!

    PS. I certainly agree, no where is nursing stressless, maybe at times less stress; but I'm sure even on a typical day at any hospital anywhere their will be a stressful incident to contend with and someone to keep cool and someone to lose it! LOL
    Last edit by CaLLaCoDe on Feb 23, '07

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