Our unit takes too many specialized patients! - page 2
Hi everyone, I'm new here, but I'm wondering if anyone else's unit has this problem. :wavey: I work in a small hospital. Our ICU census is usually 8-11 patients. However, we take EVERY kind of... Read More
Mar 2, '07I love the fact that our 18 bed icu gets such a wide variety of patients. I agree with Abel - I love the challenge of doing different things all the time. I think it helps me to keep sharp the skills I have developed and the opportunity to develop new ones.
Mar 5, '07I think you don't realize that you are suffering some burn out. This is the norm everywhere with most hospitals expecting you to deal with it. I do local agency and also, I do travel Nursing. No matter where you go, you will deal with the same concerns and stress. I've been a Nurse for 28 years and 25 have been in all of the Units. Sometimes it's a good idea to take some time off, or possibly work a different kind of Nursing if you're really stressed which I think you are.
My sister walked out of the ICU and is learning Case Management as a Telephonic Nurse. You have to have ICU experience for this job. It is working with patients on the phone and no more bedside Nursing for her. For me, I haven't burned out because I pace myself. I take time off in between contracts and I work different facilities which has eased any stress. More money, less hours is a good way to work. I found that my stress maker was staff Nursing and left staff Dec. 2000 and never looked back. It's unbelievable how much happier you'll be switching jobs.