I've been a nurse for almost two years now. I work in one hospital part time on their Oncology floor and just picked up working registry or PRN at a local hospital (we just moved and this one is closer to me) on their Oncology floor. I'm trying to switch over but don't know if I like this new place. They are kinda behind the times, but their ratios are ALOT better. Like 4-5:1 compared to 8-9:1. I guess my question is I feel like I'm burnt out as a nurse. I don't know if others go through this. I just feel like when I'm working I'm just running all nite to make sure I get things done, but not really taking care of pts like I thought I would be doing. I don't know if it's the hospital - maybe I need to go a different route like a doc's office or something outpatient or is it Oncology?? I love my cancer patients but I wonder if it's taking a toll on me. Yesterday I had a 34yr old pt whose dying from colon cancer with mets to her liver. She has a devoted husband and a 3yr old. It took everything I had to keep it together. She was just diagnosed in Nov. and now is a DNR and has a hospice consult. It's very draining. So, my question is is this just regular nursing and what everyone is feeling cause of the shortages or is it the area I'm in? Is there hope for me? I really love nursing but just feel burnt out lately.
Thanks so much!