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Suicide Is Not Your Answer

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TheCommuter has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a CRRN, now a case management RN.

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Nurses and other healthcare professionals have higher-than-average rates of suicide due to elevated stress levels combined with the high-stakes pressure of our lines of work. However, suicide is not the answer to one's problems. You are reading page 3 of Suicide Is Not Your Answer. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

Glycerine82 has 3 years experience as a LPN and works as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

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As someone who has been personally affected by suicide, this all really strikes home with me. The long term affects suicide has on the people left behind can be devastating. It is so, so sad that we don't address mental health in this country. So many people end thier lives needlessly because they truly don't see another way out. We have the means to offer them another way out but its so hard and sometimes impossible to do it. I have a good friend who needs to see a therapist, and without insurance its over 200 dollars a session!?!? I don't understand that and I think its absolutely disgusting to charge that kind of money to people who NEED the services provided to CONTINUE LIVING. It sickens me. I really want to try to get involved in this cause somehow some way.

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I had a subordinate that made an attempt. Unfortunately, there was several staff who felt she should be let go. Missed time at work while in the hospital and after. I wouldn't terminate, that nurse was one of the best I had ever met. There had never been a mistake at work, but that person had a hard home life. Compassion in nursing is a missing commodity.

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Thank you, Commuter.

But nowhere in your original post was this stated or referenced. This conversation would not have happened had that been the case. As a precautionary advice; if you did not see it, if it did not happen to you directly, then you cannot "speak" as though it did.

It is a dishonest and misleading thing to do.

It is very acceptable to write from your point of view though and thanks for sourcing out your reference:yes:

Leave Commuter alone. She wrote a very informative and well needed post. Why is there a grammar or APA police in every thread. I feel like I need to run my posts through turnitin.com before posting here. This is not the time or the place. Would it have hurt you to keep your comments to yourself. Geesh.

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That is exactly why I never want to work in a terrible spot again.

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dthomasa has 20 years experience and works as a agency nurse hospitals, clinics, research.

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Since a recent termination from my job, I have considered taking my life several times over the past 2 weeks. The charge was insubordination (hung the phone up on my DON) the conversation ended without goodbye; I called to ask her for help she replied by saying "just fix it" and was frustrated by my continuous request for accountability and proficiency by the team. I was the dumping ground due to my experience I was expected to do more and accept less from the other nurses. Death seems to be the answer to the agonizing despair and pain that challenges my thoughts daily.

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Since a recent termination from my job, I have considered taking my life several times over the past 2 weeks. The charge was insubordination (hung the phone up on my DON) the conversation ended without goodbye; I called to ask her for help she replied by saying "just fix it" and was frustrated by my continuous request for accountability and proficiency by the team. I was the dumping ground due to my experience I was expected to do more and accept less from the other nurses. Death seems to be the answer to the agonizing despair and pain that challenges my thoughts daily.

I hope that you find the support you need. Call a hotline just to talk, its free and maybe good to vent 1-800-273-8255. Lots of prayers and good thoughts going your way.

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NRSKarenRN has 40 years experience as a BSN and works as a Registered Nurse, Home Health.

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Suicide is not chosen; it happens when pain exceeds resources for coping with pain

US: are you in crisis? call 1-800-273-talk or chat

To those in emotional pain, please see our resources under Psych Nursing:

Stress, Depression, Suicide and Mental Health Resources

Edited by NRSKarenRN

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poppycat has 40 years experience as a ADN, BSN and works as a private duty pediatrics.

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I have suffered severe depression since I was 7 years old. In the early 1990's I made 2 very serious attempts (the first one very nearly succeeded). After the 2nd attempt, I did a lot of soul searching & came to the conclusion that it simply was not my time to die, that there must be something more I'm supposed to accomplish here. I decided that if those 2 serious attempts had not worked there's not much point in trying it again. In 2005 I was diagnosed with bipolar 2 & finally found medication that works for me. Every once in a while when things get really tough, the thought that I'd be better off dead still goes through my mind but I no longer feel the need to act on it.

It IS all about ending whatever pain you are in at the time. I never judge anyone who tells me they've thought about or attempted suicide because I completely understand what brings people to that point.

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First of all, I might **** some of you but just thought I would comment on this topic. A serious question that you should ask yourself is what would you do if this was you. Career you loved gone, depression, articles about you on the newspaper, maybe lost friends/family or significantly damaged the relationship, some people (few) in the general public that don't know what nursing entails probably out to get you and the list goes on and on and on. Would you REALLY want to leave like this. What would you really do? I asked my friends (nurses and general) and most said they would do the same. I think I would to. I wouldbt want to live with such torment, pain or whatever you may wish to call it. Suicide is not the answer but what would you do. Second, would we (nurses) react differently if the headline read " lesbian nurse gets another job after killing infant." I bet you most of us would recommend her not to be a nurse any more. Just my honest thoughts.

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dthomasa has 20 years experience and works as a agency nurse hospitals, clinics, research.

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Thanks Carrie, I'm still here another day. I will continue to focus on better days.

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Focus on the positive it's important. Sometimes the posters on here are mean, but I am available if you need support. I have practiced in many setting LTC too. I have been a nurse about 15 years, social worker before that.

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Great job commuter with bringing out this topic. I can't believe that some people are more interested in finding faults in your writing style rather than understanding or commenting on the positive aspects of your post. Life is about seeing the glass half full, not half empty and although this may be very difficult to do, one must obtain all the support from family and friends to get over such depression. Lovely post and I am sure it will help people who may be in depression.

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