I want out!

  1. I am the manager of a Memory Care facility. I think I am burnt out. I have been on call 24/7 for the past 3 years. I have to cover night shifts if someone call off and its getting to the point that my health is suffering. We recently have had a change in leadership and I'm having a hard time supporting the new regime. I don't feel effective as a nurse and I'm sick of hearing all about what a "good leader" does. I'm nor sure if I even like nursing I want to find a way to get my passion back for patient care but I feel lost. Any suggestions
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    Specialty: 6 year(s) of experience in geriatrics


  3. by   SummerGarden
    You need to take care of yourself. Take some leave. If you need to get a new job, then do so. You and your health matter too; not just the health of your patients.
  4. by   Orca
    I believe that your assessment that you are burned out is spot on. Facilities like yours tend to put an undue burden on their upper level managers, then act as if they are inadequate if they balk at anything or begin to wear down.

    If you have leave on the books, take it, and reflect on what is going on in your work life without the pressure of being in the office every day. You can decide whether you just need a break, or whether it is time to move on. I suspect the latter.

    They have you work when others call off because it doesn't cost them any more money. The toll that it takes on you is irrelevant to them. You are a means to an end.

    Best of luck to you. Most of us have been there, and we can identify with what you are feeling.
    Last edit by Orca on May 23, '17