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Just a Rant

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by TheVikingLady TheVikingLady (New) New Nurse

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Hey all; I'm just frustrated and there just isn't really another way of effectively venting for me, I don't want to trouble my friends and families with this, nor would I know what to say to them.  After working a hellish week in a busy ED, missing Christmas Eve and Christmas with my family, for no extra pay or benefit, I just got called in for my mandatory on call shift for tomorrow. I am just so exhausted. My house is a mess, despite how much I work, my finances are in shambles; I can't seem to do anything other than sit on the couch at home. I feel like I keep pushing myself to the max and I feel like I'll just break at any moment. Nobody seems to understand. I want to cut my hours and go prn but I just can't seem to gain the courage to ask my manager; and even when I eventually do I'm pretty sure they'll say no; or at least probably won't let me for several months. I just don't know what to do. I don't want to function, I feel like I just want to scream but I can't. I do love what I do and I love the people I work with; but I just feel so miserable. Life just can't be like this.

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juniper222 has 2 years experience and specializes in Pre Nursing.

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You know as nurses we are told to advocate for the patient but we also need to advocate for ourselves.  In my opinion you should talk in private with your nurse manager about this.  Be careful how you explain the situation to them, you don't want to give the impression that you are complaining.  

Know that you are allowed to feel the way you do.  Keeping this bottled up inside will only cause burnout.  Make sure you are getting enough sleep and exercise. You might need to make some big lifestyle changes to make things work. 

Take care

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