Published Jul 18, 2005
Just wanted to know what resources nurses had at there job. has any nurse gotten financial counseling through an nursing organization or help from a nursing program in there hospital. Just curious to know. Thanks
llg, PhD, RN
My understanding of your post is that you know you need counseling, but don't know where to turn to get it. To me, it sounds as if you have some serious problems at the moment and may need some immediate help.
Does your workplace have a special arrangement with a counseling service? If so, you should have received at least a little information about it during your orientation. If that is the case, you might want to call them right away to find out what services they offer. If you are not sure if your employer has connections with such a service, I would recommend that you call your employer's Occupational Health Nurse. The Human Resources Department might also be able to give you the information.
Your boss might also be able to make a referral to the counseling service, but I would try that only if the other options don't work out. In general, it is not a good idea to depend on your co-workers and/or your boss too much. Your boss is your boss -- not your therapist. So, use a little discretion when you discuss your personal problems with your boss and co-workers.
If your employer does not have a relationship with a counseling service, I would recommend calling your family doctor. Tell him or her that you have an emergency need for crisis intervention and ask what he/she would recommend.
Another option would be a clergyman. Sometimes, they can guide you towards the appropriate community services while giving you personal support along the way.
Many communities even have "crisis hotlines" and things like that listed in the front of the phone book.
Do you have any friends or family who can help you through this difficult time? Call them.
No one, not even the best counselor, is going to be able to "fix" everything in your life for you. Resolving your issues will take time. But there are professionals who are trained to help you through the process. I hope you can make a few phone calls to locate those professionals in your community.
When I needed it, I sought it privately ---referred to an excellent counselor by a coworker. I do not have any desire to go to work-approved/sanctioned counseling service.
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