Originally posted by burnedoutrn:
After nine years of hospital nursing I burned out and I don't know where to go now!!!
What kind of "hospital nursing?"
Medical? Surgical? Specialty unit? Direct Patient Care?
What did you enjoy most?
The patients? The doctor/team interactions?
Helping the families thru crisis? Physical care of patients?
What did you hate the most?
Same categories as above, plus/or: understaffing, mandatory overtime?
poor equipment/supplies? poor salary? 12 hour shifts too long?
What size hospital?
huge? (a little fish in a very big pool)
small? (everyone knew your shoe size...and more)
medical center with interns & residents?
private MDs only?
Break down your burn-out into some smaller, more detailed pieces, then maybe readers can help you out more, OK? There should be SOMEPLACE in nursing that will be just right for you!
Hang in there!