Burnout rate-experienced nurses reply - page 2
(I realize this is highly individual/multifactorial) Is this predictable? Can you say that after *fill in blank* years ICU nurses start to show signs of burnout?... Read More
Sep 20, '11I'd say 3-5 years.
I start to get really low about hospital politics and procedures after 6 months (the 'they-do-it-better-elsewhere' thing); but by 5 years I am really taking a sick day every month for my own mental health!
I do love the job though. Can't imagine anything else would be as exciting, and at nearly 40 years old- don't want to try either!
Oct 2, '11I'm a little over 7 yrs in and I can definitely say that I am burnt out. I've experienced it before but I would get a patient who would remind me why I do this or I would precept a new ICU nurse and get my joy back. None of those tricks are working now. I think a big part of it is the organization I work for. I've been with the same facility for my entire career and their treatment of nurses has been on a serious decline over the past few years. Don't get me wrong, I love critical care and I couldn't ask for a better group of nurses or docs to work with, but I seriously hate the organization I work for. They don't give a d*** about us or the safety of our patients.
Many of us are disgusted by the way our older nurses have been treated by this organization. We have quite a few RNs in our unit who have 25+ yrs seniority and they are now required to work 12s, weekends (previously those w/ 20+ yrs were exempt from wknds) and 2 extra shifts per 6 wk schedule. Some of them are literally hobbling and limping by the end of their shift. I saw one finishing her shift with an ice pack on tied to her knee. I do not want to end up like that.
I started an ACNP program this fall and I'm looking for a new job. I actually had a recruiter inquire why I would leave an organization after so much time, lol. I'm hoping that I can get another job in critical care to hold me over until I complete my MSN. I don't want to leave critical care before I finish school because I want to work in critical care as a NP.
Oct 3, '11Thanks for your comments guys. I just recently started splitting my time between ICU, Cath/EP lab, and Education. I think I found the Holy Grail of burnout avoidance...for now anyway.