Nursing Burn Out is a Real Thing – One Nurse’s Story
Do you suffer from nursing burn out? You have heard of this before; when a nurse or person is just done? They are burned out! I personally did not know what that was in all my years in the nursing field until one day I was driving to my job and said “what am I doing?” “I don’t want to do this anymore!”
I want to explain how you can handle this if it happens to you and describe very valuable tools so you won’t leave tire tracks behind you when you leave!
Here’s a little background story on me. I am a graduate from a fine nursing school in New York and also started in the field back in high school as a CNA then LPN. I landed a great job in Florida as I just moved there. I was placed in my favorite field, Labor and Delivery! I also learned that out of state facilities have nurses do so many more tasks and skills than I was able to do in New York and I flourished in the field!
Over the next several years I moved to North Carolina and took part in progressive care within the maternal child field. I was able to build my skill set and also complete graduate school. I landed a job in Virginia working in a hospital to open a new birthing center as their Director.
New York is my home and I chose to return to offer my talents to the facilities here. I was the clinical nurse specialist of a great hospital on Long Island. Shortly after I started, changes started to occur. New York was not ready for the type of nursing care I was implementing, so it was changed to a modified approach to having babies. My philosophies happen to be very different. Needless to say, the match was not there, but I stayed.
Later , I reduced my time to per diem once I sought another direction. I found an opportunity to apply my skills building these philosophies and practices teaching other nurses at a major home care company in NYC. I thought it was wonderful, and refreshing. I was respected and successful. Everything was good!
Then again back to that hospital trip feeling that I could not walk into that building again. I thought to myself, “should I keep driving?” “Should I go back home?” No! The separation or change of positions MUST be done in a professional manner. A formal resignation and notice must take place. If this is not done, your reputation will receive a bad mark. The nursing industry is very small. People and management move. If this is not done properly, someone somewhere will remember.
That is what I did. My separation was clean to pursue and build a new milestone! As the years passed, more and more opportunities opened up which allowed me to be what I am today; an experienced Registered Nurse with many fine chapters.
Please remember that my approach to nursing burnout applies to agency work as well. Never just no call no show to a shift or assignment. Never try to pull the wool over our eyes, and be honest. Never lie on your resume because it will follow you along the way.
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