What can nurses do to be more happy in their career? - page 2

Nursing can be stressful at times. Every often we get a patient that pushes our buttons. We just want to scream and tell them a thing or two. Other days we are overwhelmed with the number of... Read More

  1. by   suekev
    Quit and find a job that doesn't mentally tax you, emotionally exhaust you and physically eat you up.
  2. by   nursefrances
    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    You're kidding.....nobody knows what Vitamin A is? Vitamin Z is a little harder to guess, but let's just say that it keeps me mellowwwwwwwww, LOL!
    I was thinking ativan and xanax.
  3. by   nursefrances
    Quote from suekev
    Quit and find a job that doesn't mentally tax you, emotionally exhaust you and physically eat you up.
    I did this. new job still as a nurse. It IS possible.
  4. by   owlRN01
    I currently workout to help relieve stress. I didn't do this as much through nursing school but now that I have the habit I love it! I think I will start getting massages every couple weeks also. That sounds amazing!
  5. by   owlRN01
    That's amazing that you guys take turns cooking for eachother! The last thing I want to do when I get off work is cook :P
  6. by   seanynjboy
    Guided Imagery
  7. by   artsmom
    leave work at work. Go home and forget.
  8. by   samadams8
    Don't do it, if you don't love it. (No, that doesn't mean that you will love it everyday. There will be bad times and days, but overall, you should love what you do, care about people, and you should make it your business to continue learning and practicing with excellence.)
    If you don't love it anymore, go into a different area or do something else. Gotta pay the bills? OK. Start making a exit plan/strategy or do this as you work per diem.

    Miserable, insecure, and lazy nurses make for miserable, insecure, less productive, and potentially unsafe environments.
  9. by   redhead_NURSE98!
    Yoga keeps me from killing people.
  10. by   Multicollinearity
    Quote from redhead_NURSE98!
    Yoga keeps me from killing people.
    Yoga heals all. Seriously.
  11. by   nursingpower
    I make sure I take my 1 hour lunch break every workday. In 3 yrs this happened less than 10 times I know for sure. When I take lunch I LEAVE THE UNIT. Play games on my phone, call friends, browse the internet.

    When I leave work if I had a stressful day I am able to "offload" to my hubby, who is very understanding or other RN friends. Any issues I have with management or coworkers I take directly to them at the time it happens so there are not lingering problems or hostility in the workplace.

    Some days off I sleep all day if I want. Some days off I go on mini vacations and excursions.

    I do know that the majority of ppl that I KNOW that hate nursing are those that work multiple places in short periods of time (unstable), always work overtime, can't seem to stay out of trouble, lack the personality it takes to get along well with others, drug addicts/abusers, and those that are accident prone/negligent.
  12. by   J-Swish
    Video games.
  13. by   thecool1Nscrubs2no
    For myself it was returning to school and pursing a MSN-Nursing Informatics...Learning is a powerful tool. I figured if I'm going to continue in nursing to keep goals that are reachable. Focus on your own health, I know we have patients to care for...But don't forget to treat yourself well. Just a few of my favorite things in my down time rest, travel, movies, going out to dinner with a few close friends, laugh often. Reward yourself often.