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    My preceptor gets frustrated with me.

    No one but the patient should ever push the PCA button. It might be time for a reevaluation of the patient, perhaps it is not appropriate for him/her to be using a PCA pump.
  2. Glad to hear that, MilitarySpouse. I find that if I work only one day a week, maybe two it is easier to manage. We'll see, I'm working on a lot of different things. Thank you. Thanks again, too SandiLa
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    Burnout or what

    Yes, something's gotta give. And when it does, it's going to be horrific.
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    Burnout or what

    I try to switch it up every few years. I work really hard, and get burned out. I'm there again, but I'm older and my body/spirit just can't take it anymore. This job running up and down hallways etc. is for the younger people. (I'm 40) I worked the hospital for 3 years, office setting 3 years, hospital 3 years, office setting 8 months, hospital now again for 2 years. I'm ready to quit hospital (I think for good) and get a "clean" job again. I just want to work all day, then go home and live my life. Now work runs my life. I had more of a life when I worked 9:30-5:30 M-F. You might need to leave the hospital for a while to refresh your spirit.
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    pediatric assessment/careplans

    You're welcome, and good luck!
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    They're doing away with them

    wow, just wow. When are hospitals going to get it? when?
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    Burnout or what

    I really feel bad for the newbies coming in. I precept a lot, and see the reality shock hit them like a brick. I do all I can to toughen them up so that they will survive. If you don't set boundaries with people upfront(pts. families, etc.) your shift will be a nightmare. And even then, it's too much sometimes.
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    Burnout or what

    I am at the point where if I never saw the inside of a hospital again, I would be happy.
  9. I just want to say A BIG THANK YOU to all of you for your supportive posts. I felt like I was losing my mind, and you really helped me feel better. I hope I didn't leave anyone out.
  10. Penname: Thank you, I'm glad you found a niche in agency nursing. I've also considered that. SandiLA: Yeah, I'm afraid of the same thing happening. I might just resign and sign up with agency. Thank you Smilingblue: Yes, toxic is toxic I agree. I might just get a totally different job. I think I am holding on because I really like my coworkers, we are a pretty good group. I might just have to jump and hope for a net! Thank you. Nurse Echo: Wow, I am glad you are happy now. I am lucky with my spouse, I agree. I am worried for my health. Thanks. RN perdiem: Yes, that is what I wanted to do. I'm not sure now, I just might make a clean break, it might be better for me.
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    pediatric assessment/careplans

    Yes, I agree with Runner. Incorporate the developmental stage the child is in and how it relates to the child's response to his/her illness. You are also nursing the family so add that in too (with cultural issues added in). Education is very important. Some patients go home with feeding tubes, etc. and the parents have to know how to give meds/feedings/troubleshooting for example.
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    Burnout or what

    Sunshine I know where you are coming from. I also feel the same exact way, which is why I'm looking to get out. Everytime we turn around, they want something else. Precepting, charge, committees, high acuity patients, demanding families, clueless management, ancillary staff that doesn't care, physicians, etc. I'm finished. My resume is out there, and I am getting phone calls. With your experience you will surely get something great, the hardest part is making up your mind to get out, and then sending out resumes. Once you do that, you will be on your way. Change is good, it refreshes us and makes us feel human again. Good luck.
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    Burnout or what

    I've worked PICU and Peds floor. The families on the floor are worse. There are more of them, they are demanding and tiresome. I think the families in PICU are more in shock and are more appreciative. The families on the floor think that we are their personal assistants/waitresses/housekeepers/babysitters. etc.
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    pediatric assessment/careplans

    What exactly are you having trouble with? Can you be more specific?
  15. Hi Caliotter I think I am finished with patient care altogether, I'm just so sick of it. I might even resign totally instead of per diem, and maybe sign up with an agency for very frequent shifts for pocket money. I have work tomorrow and I'm already stressed about it. I can't live like this any longer.
  16. Thank you, everyone, for your kind posts. Tazzi: I'd rather not take any mental health leave, my NM is not the most "enlightened" person out there and it would come back to haunt me in some way, believe me. Mulan: Thank you. I will work the bare minimum at first, the less I am there the better. RN0072b: Ok, I will search for your thread, thanks. I know someone at work who switched to per diem after going through stress there and she said it's the best thing she ever did. I brought home a transfer request, and filled it out last night. I will probably hand it in soon. I have two weeks vacation coming and I don't want to get screwed out of it, so I will think about what day to file it. I know once I hand it in, I will feel a giant weight off my shoulders.