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

  1. by   HHW2006
    I 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.
  2. by   LadyNASDAQ
    I 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.