Hey Nurses, How are You Doing?

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Specializes in Maternal Child Health Public Health Nursing. Has 11 years experience.

The Nation is suffering from a loss of nursing staff as we move through one public health emergency after another and nurses, suffering from secondary trauma, leave the profession. Can we find a way to survive, and even thrive, through the Nursing Process? You are reading page 2 of Hey Nurses, How are You Doing?. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

On 11/21/2021 at 10:10 AM, hppygr8ful said:

As I write this I am sitting at home waiting for the results of a Covid test. We haven't had a positive patient in a while which I attribute to the high vaccination rates in our local area, But we had two in my building that I had no direct contact with. I hope the results come back before Thursday as I was hoping to host a small family gathering for Thanksgiving.  I have four days off for the holiday and plan to work in my greenhouse (Installing a heater). Map out my veggie garden for Springe and sleep a lot.

Hppy 

Goodluck to you 

Liz George PHN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Maternal Child Health Public Health Nursing. Has 11 years experience.

No one would work that hard for money! That is the truth. The salary can be good, but I don’t believe it is often the motivation for choosing a career in nursing. Thanks for your comment. The reasons we chose nursing are becoming the causes of our burnout and STS. We are facing too many barriers to being able to help, from staff shortages to health misinformation. And the public health emergencies will not be disappearing soon. Yet, we still care, to me that is the nature of nursing.

hppygr8ful, ASN, RN, EMT-I

Specializes in Psych, Addictions, SOL (Student of Life). Has 19 years experience.

On 11/21/2021 at 2:13 PM, lever said:

Congrats on the unscheduled vacation!  Think about this..... How many SAR's, Flu in all its variations, flesh eating bacteria, MRSA, and spectrums of other communicable things that you did not get due to your good practices. (I would never bring this line of thinking up to those who make decisions).  Follow those good practices and have your family over, or not.  

 

Well I had only just been informed on Wednesday that I my PCR was negative when I received a call from the Director of Nursing that I had possibly been exposed on that same day by a co-worker who reported symptoms Wednesday. There are just to many imunocompromized folks in my family for me to risk infecting someone so we (husband, son and myself) spent a quiet Thanksgiving at home eating steak, potatoes and apple/cranberry pie. 

Guess I'm not going Black Friday shopping either (Thank God for Amazon) 

Hppy

SmilingBluEyes

Specializes in Specializes in L/D, newborn, GYN, LTC, Dialysis. Has 24 years experience.

3 hours ago, hppygr8ful said:

Well I had only just been informed on Wednesday that I my PCR was negative when I received a call from the Director of Nursing that I had possibly been exposed on that same day by a co-worker who reported symptoms Wednesday. There are just to many imunocompromized folks in my family for me to risk infecting someone so we (husband, son and myself) spent a quiet Thanksgiving at home eating steak, potatoes and apple/cranberry pie. 

Guess I'm not going Black Friday shopping either (Thank God for Amazon) 

Hppy

I wish you well; may you and your loved ones stay healthy and safe.

Liz George PHN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Maternal Child Health Public Health Nursing. Has 11 years experience.

I appreciate your choice to keep the vulnerable safe. Have a lovely holiday weekend with your family!❤️

Kitiger, RN

Specializes in Private Duty Pediatrics. Has 42 years experience.

33 minutes ago, Liz George PHN said:

I appreciate your choice to keep the vulnerable safe. Have a lovely holiday weekend with your family!❤️

I second that. 🙂

brandy1017, ASN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care.

When I was working, I would listen to music quietly at the nurses station, playing favorite songs to de-stress.  I would write down when I had a good night to remind myself it wasn't always bad.  We would have pot lucks or pizza nights sometimes, especially around the holidays. Sometimes we would go out to breakfast, hang out and some places you could even have a drink if you wanted.

I want to suggest going out to see Shen Yun when they are in your city.  https://www.shenyun.com  It is so beautiful, peaceful and magical.  I've seen it twice already.  The first time was the best.  I had worked the night before and it had been a bad night and I was still so upset I didn't see how I could even enjoy it.  But amazingly as soon as we walked in the door and I heard the flute music playing I felt instantly calm and at peace.  All my stress just melted away!  It was truly magical.  I highly recommend checking them out if they are in your neck of the woods.  It was the best show I ever saw.  I enjoyed it even more than plays like Phantom of the Opera and A Christmas Carol which were both wonderful too.

Liz George PHN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Maternal Child Health Public Health Nursing. Has 11 years experience.

Super self care ideas! I often decompress in the car with soothing music after shift.