Dear Nurse Beth,
I have been a nurse for a little over a year and a half now in labor and delivery and love the work I do itself. However, I recently have become very burnt out. This is mainly due to scheduling. I am thinking I would like to get more into something that does not include weekends and holidays in order to spend more time with family. I currently have my BSN in nursing and was wondering what else I could do with my degree?
Dear Burnt-out in L&D,
Most clinical positions in acute care include shift work, weekends, and holidays. And that can be a real conflict for Moms (and Dads) who want to spend weekend and holiday time with their family.
One solution to scheduling burn-out is transitioning to a non-clinical position, such as management, or education, for example. There are many roles that allow you to work traditional M-Fri in the hospital setting, such as Informatics, Case Management, Infection Prevention, and more. It all depends on your interest. Your BSN qualifies you for many different opportunities.
Other options include leaving the acute care setting altogether. Keep in mind that the longer and further away you are from L&D, the harder it is to get back to the bedside if you think you may want to down the line.
Outpatient services allows you to stay in the acute care setting while enjoying more of a Mon-Fri schedule. These include Interventional Radiology, Cath Lab, PACU, and Endoscopy, although you will be required to work on-call.
Is going part-time or per diem an option for you? Sometimes that's enough to relieve the burn-out while still keeping clinically active.
Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!
I grew to not to enjoy the 12 hr..3 shifts a week at the hospital.....figured a Mon thru Fri..8-5 would be so much better! Soon found that mon thru fri, 8-5 wasn't so grand after all.....Seems like one is always at work!! And if u need the car or a home item fixed.....trying to get someone in on a weekend to repair that item....good luck on that..have had to use PTO just to get a fridge fixed and another day when they had to come back!! Soon realized those 12 hr shifts and working the occasional weekend wasn't soo bad after all!!
Last edit by Flames9_RN on Apr 6
Flames9 - your post is a reason that I liked working NOCs. I could just drive to an early morning apt after I left work. Or a quick stop at Jiffy Lube. It was a pleasure to shop at my local Acme in the morning - beat out all the early morning 'Mommy traffic'.
I just find it hard to be overly sympathetic with nurses, esp new ones, who find the commitment for weekends, holidays, odd shifts, bad weather shifts, etc to be so bothersome. Wasn't that something they thought about when contemplating career decisions?
Oh yeah - after some years (not just 18 months) it DOES become a drag. To be able to spend normal holiday time with aging parents (not just little ones) becomes more important as we all age.
Perhaps OP can find that desired 'golden fleece' position. But with only 18 months specialized clinical, it might be a difficult search. Esp with a lifelong career ahead of her.
I hope she's lucky.
Last edit by amoLucia on Apr 9