O.K. I seriously think I'm burning out... - page 4

I nearly had a meltdown last night. You don't have to read this, I'm just venting, but by talking about it now I can let go and move on. I'm off for two days. I'm moving to my new unit on Sunday... Read More

  1. by   mario_ragucci
    third shift - you have a great writing style! Take this opportunity to exercise patience and grace. The hardest part is keeping it all in. It's good to read other peoples worlds and how all nurses respond to various battlefields we encounter on this board. Sounds like you work at a lively place. Would you prefer if everyone just shuffled lifelessly and had faint vibrations?

    Neil Young once told me: "My my, Hey hey, It's better to burn out, than to fade away (or rust)" I just wanted to add that for anyone who uses guided imadgry for healing.
    Last edit by mario_ragucci on Jan 26, '03
  2. by   RNFROG3
    Kudos for apologising and may the move be a much needed improvement. You are always so supportive of the Allnurses group , I hope you feel the love now when you need it.Let's hear it for vacation time!!
    I'm just curious though -your ER has ICU nurses? WOW what a concept. We just get the ICU charge to float down and make sure we aren't screwing up too badly when the ICU patients are on hold here in the ED
  3. by   RED_ALERT37
    BIG GIGANTIC HUGS TO YOU !!!!!!!! No you arent burned out, you know why.....? You still care..... its when you dont care, go out on the back steps and smoke a cigarette or hide in a breakroom eating bon bons and drinking Starbucks you are BURNED OUT !!!

    The change will do you good..... after being out on a medical leave for 3 years now, I never realized how much I miss Nursing.
    I cant wait to get back to all the mayhem.... hahahaa okay I know I need a PHYSCH EVAL !!!!

    HANG IN THERE SWEEETIE we need more Nurses like you !!!!!
  4. by   karenG
    I am so glad I dont work on a hospital!!

    you need some 'me' time........time to sit and think! think you reacted well in a terrible situation. I hope your next floor is better(and could someone tell me what a floor is please?)

  5. by   Stargazer
    karen G: A "floor" in North American parlance is a multi-bed unit, usually with a centralized nursing station, often but not always taking up an entire floor of the hospital, dedicated to a specific specialty (OB, respiratory, telemetry, etc.)

    Is this what you call wards in the UK?
  6. by   IloveSnoopy
    I'd vote for the vacation option....although....whenever I take vacation: sure it's great when your off....but how about when it's time to go back? I literally cry when my vacation is over! It's not like the problems just melt away...in my case anyways. I get back and I'm thrown into the same damn situations that made me take vacation in the first place! I need a "permanent vacation". Sorry this doesn't cheer you up any.....just know that you are not alone....we all hear ya.
  7. by   Tookie
    Thinking of you - First step taken
    Vented well
    Vent again when neccessary
    Next step
    Pamper yourself - what ever that direction may take you
    next step
    Review your workplace- can you improve it - do you want to stay
    When you have decided these questions
    Make yourself your No 1 priority.
    Hang in there - You are the most important person in this case - You neeed to be effective and only you know how to do that .
    Take care - Sandra
  8. by   karenG
    thanks for that stargazer- we just call them wards!!

  9. by   adrienurse
    ward/unit/floor, it's all interchangeable.
  10. by   NurseDennie
    Originally posted by 3rdShiftGuy
    Call staffing "where is the agency nurse we were getting." Answer "we cancelled him in favor of another nurse and left a message on her maching" Me: "You cancelled a confirmed nurse and don't have confirmation on her replacement". "She'll be there, I'm sure".
    I know this is a late response, in the scheme of things. But this part of it just KILLED me!! I'm sure the other nurse came in right on time, right?

    "Duhhhhhh, staffing. That nurse has caller ID and an answering machine SPECIFICALLY to avoid talking to YOU on her days off!!!" Oh, I get to use that Rebecca quote: Staffing: clue phone. It's for you!


  11. by   Tweety
    Originally posted by RNFROG3
    I'm just curious though -your ER has ICU nurses? WOW what a concept. We just get the ICU charge to float down and make sure we aren't screwing up too badly when the ICU patients are on hold here in the ED
    Critical care beds are hard to come in our hospital, primarily because we are a trauma center. Sometimes the neuro step down is used for overflow as a last resort because we have monitored beds there.

    Often the critical patients are held in the ER with ICU nurses floating there to take care of specifically the critical patients on hold. That night they pulled a critical care nurse to float up to me and just made one of the ER nurses take care of the critical patients that nurse had.

    It is such drama when we have "no shows". It amazes me lately that it seems to happen once or twice lately. People don't know they are working, claim their schedule was changed. Agency nurses sign up as available and then no show saying "I canceled myself". It's just maddening, because you have to shuffle nurses around and everyone gets angry.
  12. by   Marijke
    I think the sad part is that most of us know what it feels like to be working under those kind of circumstances.

  13. by   HRHNurse Carol
    I would like to hear more about that book, what is it, the joys of burnout?? I don't think we get Nursing Times here. I could use that book, as I'm rather burned out at present also. Sorry 3rd shift guy- I can relate. You sound like a great guy to work with, like you give a darn. I'm glad you can reach out to us here at allnurses and share what is happening with you. I also am glad allnurses is here!!! By the way, about the ICU nurse in ER- I always thought I was supposed to know all that stuff, we never had help with our holding....We have always done it ourselves and I for one was always scared silly...I thought maybe it was a deficiency in me that I didn't know the ICU stuff. Fortunately I have always been able to find someone in the ER who did know ICU stuff.