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I am an RN nursing student graduating in May. In June, I start my first job on the surgical floor of my local hospital, working the evening shift. This is a second career for me. I was in the teaching profession prior to nursing school, plus raised a family. I am starting my nursing career at the age of 52, and want to work at nursing until retirement age. I am concerned about the rapid bunout rate of nurses that I keep reading about-especially in hospital nursing. Does anyone have any suggestions about I can "take care of myself" well enough so as not to have burnout happen to me? I am really excited about nursing now, and eager to start working.

I am an RN nursing student graduating in May. In June, I start my first job on the surgical floor of my local hospital, working the evening shift. This is a second career for me. I was in the teaching profession prior to nursing school, plus raised a family. I am starting my nursing career at the age of 52, and want to work at nursing until retirement age. I am concerned about the rapid bunout rate of nurses that I keep reading about-especially in hospital nursing. Does anyone have any suggestions about I can "take care of myself" well enough so as not to have burnout happen to me? I am really excited about nursing now, and eager to start working.

gwenith, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU.

Nil illegitamatus carborrundum come to mind first ( rough translation - don't let the B......'s grind you down.

It is amazing how much burnout is associated with bullying, There is WAY too much of it in the profession and it takes it's toll.

Disclose........ Use this forum and other avenues to discuss issues.

Oh and get a REALLY wicked sense of humour going...........

gwenith, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU.

Nil illegitamatus carborrundum come to mind first ( rough translation - don't let the B......'s grind you down.

It is amazing how much burnout is associated with bullying, There is WAY too much of it in the profession and it takes it's toll.

Disclose........ Use this forum and other avenues to discuss issues.

Oh and get a REALLY wicked sense of humour going...........

live4today, RN

Specializes in Community Health Nurse.

Burnout occurs in nursing. Acceptance of this fact is important. Do NOT allow it to discourage you from pursuing the profession.

I suffered burnout as a MOM, but would NEVER trade that profession for anything else. I LOVED raising my children, and would do it all over again if given that opportunity. :)

In nursing, you recognize your limitations, respect those limitations, and give as passionately as you are able to the profession. If you can do this, then you have given the BEST of yourself in any given day's work as a nurse. At the end of that day, evening, or night shift...clock out, take some deep breaths, and leave it behind you when you pass through the EXIT door. Go home and love yourself and your family completely during your off hours. I wish you the best in your endeavors of becoming a nurse. Then, after you become a nurse, know when to "clock out" from the job, and "clock in" to life outside of work. :kiss

Nighty-night all!

live4today, RN

Specializes in Community Health Nurse.

Burnout occurs in nursing. Acceptance of this fact is important. Do NOT allow it to discourage you from pursuing the profession.

I suffered burnout as a MOM, but would NEVER trade that profession for anything else. I LOVED raising my children, and would do it all over again if given that opportunity. :)

In nursing, you recognize your limitations, respect those limitations, and give as passionately as you are able to the profession. If you can do this, then you have given the BEST of yourself in any given day's work as a nurse. At the end of that day, evening, or night shift...clock out, take some deep breaths, and leave it behind you when you pass through the EXIT door. Go home and love yourself and your family completely during your off hours. I wish you the best in your endeavors of becoming a nurse. Then, after you become a nurse, know when to "clock out" from the job, and "clock in" to life outside of work. :kiss

Nighty-night all!

:) Good luck......... keep good records........and enjoy

:) Good luck......... keep good records........and enjoy

I've found changing jobs whenever you feel it necessary. Move to a new area, learn what you can, then move on. I also think working two or more jobs part-time helps. If one job is getting bad, you only have to deal with it two days a week. Chances are, things on your other job are going okay and can provide you with some positive experiences. Don't put all of your professional eggs in one basket.

Edward, IL

One thing to avoid when you are new is OT. Take all you holidays off, refuse overtime. Use you sick time if you are sick. I have watched new people eagerly try to be a good sport and say yes to every request for them to work over. The nicer and more compliant you are the quicker you will burnout.

Change jobs or specialities if needed, good sense of humor, couple pair of good shoes & support knee socks, & take vacations when you get a chance...even if they are mini ones...just tinkering around in your yard etc....you & your body will need the R & R.

These are actually good suggestions for any profession. Keep them coming.

read a very good book about this. i talked about the stages...in recognizing that right now you are in the honeymoon and i can't remember the other 5 stages, but one is disillusionment and depression. the previous ideas given will help.......

Hey Ruffles, I'm in the same boat as you although, I'm still waiting to get into the program. I was gonna email you, but there wasn't one on your profile.

Anyway, I'm 41 right now, but I probably won't get in for another year because it's so impacted.

I am a second career as well. I used to be a teacher also. Feel free to email or Private message me. Heather:)

never forget to laugh... does wonders for the heart and soul.

Hi Ruffles :) I agree with an above poster who mentioned knowing your limits and sticking to them..what works for one person doesn't for another.It will take you some time to figure out what works for you personnally.I became VERY burnt out a few years ago trying to please everyone and be All things to All people...you just can't do it..at the time I felt like I was about to "lose it"..I changed my schedule from 84 hrs a pay period to 60 and worked that for several years..Just recently went back to full schedule...Do what's best for YOU and take care of yourself.So many of us nurses are so used to doing for others and neglecting ourselves....best of luck in 'finding yourself' in nursing (((hugzzz)))

zambezi, BSN, RN

Specializes in CCU (Coronary Care); Clinical Research.

Find a unit that you actually enjoy working in, one that supports you the best it can, especially when you are new...there are so many nurses that don't enjoy the people they work with, the environment or the type of patients on the floor...if you don't like anything about your workplace of course you will burn out...so...find a job that has people that you enjoy and a management system that works for you, yes, there are jobs like this...and as others have said, have a sense of humor/smile/and take care of you....good luck:)

Find a mentor, laugh at yourself, and hug your family every chance you get>

VickyRN, MSN, DNP, RN

Specializes in Gerontological, cardiac, med-surg, peds. Has 16 years experience.

Avoid toxic environments at all costs. "Nurse-eating" or bullying is endemic to the nursing profession. We can change this unfortunate phenomenon by our examples, one person at a time. Avoid facilities and units in which the "bottom line" is all that matters and staffing ratios are unsafe--you will inevitably wear out physically and emotionally. We are professionals and need to have a voice in our working environment. Be VERY choosy about where to work. There are decent units with decent staffing ratios out there--you just have to look hard--you can find them. I specifically warn my students about certain units (especially some of the horrendous med-surg units in our area). I don't want them getting burned out in just 1-2 years after leaving school--and yes, this does happen. So be careful, be choosy.

Those of us who have survived for many years in nursing have developed a personal suit of armor...on top of copious inward motivation for what we do because the external gratitude we receive is so few and far between.

Learning how to say 'no' and taking care of oneself above all others is a lesson we learn if we are to survive this career. Best wishes to you and don't get talked into working more than you can handle!!

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