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How do you all cope with stress and overbooking?

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I have nothing on my list besides being nurse.

I often get stressed.

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Alex Egan has 9 years experience as a LPN, EMT-B and specializes in Home Health (PDN), Camp Nursing.

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The agency's will schedule you as much as they can if your working out. It can be hard to say no, but you have to learn. It's especially hard for me because I work for two agencies, so they both think I have a lot of free time because they don't see the whole schedule. I also recently had to back down my hours for my mental health, and while understanding I still get 3-4 calls a week asking about extra work. I always thank them for calling and politely decline, only I can keep me from running myself into the ground.

I use my phone, to type, I work at night, and I'm a bad speller. Pick any reason you want for my misspellings

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smartnurse1982 has 7 years experience.

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I would rather be overbooked than under-booked to be honest.

Some weeks i work 80 hours a week,and others i am down to 24 hours a week.

I also work for 2 agencies,but i do not work full time with the second agency.

56 hours/wk with the full time agency,and 24 hrs/wk with the other.

I guess this is one of the perks of Pdn.

I relieve stress by going into Nyc to party on the weekends i am off,but that is just me.

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brillohead has 5 years experience as a ADN, RN and specializes in Cardio-Pulmonary; Med-Surg; Private Duty.

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I struggle with the "saying no" part.

When you've experienced a week or more of no pay b/c your regular client is in the hospital, you're not eager to alienate second/third agencies who are offering occasional work....

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JustBeachyNurse has 10 years experience as a RN and specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics.

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Not an issue. I don't double or over book. If I can't care for myself & family how can I care for others?

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Alex Egan has 9 years experience as a LPN, EMT-B and specializes in Home Health (PDN), Camp Nursing.

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Upon looking at OP's other post it would seem she is a caregiver in a yet undisclosed part of the world. I can't quite tell if she is live in or not. I don't think she's doing the agency shuffle a lot of is do Just FYI for future respondents.

I use my phone, to type, I work at night, and I'm a bad speller. Pick any reason you want for my misspellings

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If your nursing duties are stressing you out, then perhaps you need to take a look at your own health practices. Good exercise, proper nutrition, enough restful sleep, relaxing recreation, are all part of taking good care of oneself. And when one takes good care of oneself, one is better able to care for others.

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