I work sub acute care/rehab , the hours are long and i’m on my feet running to at least 13 or more res a day. How do I stay vital and have anything to give to my family and new baby…iv’e always worked out and I just can’t do it the days I work. I eat relatively healthy…IDK just feeling old and worn out at 37. I want to keep nursing, I love my residents and my job.
Honestly, especially with a new baby you probably need some time off. I know that in a previous career I had I got burned out twice, and it didn’t matter what I did I was always exhausted and I knew when I needed a break when I started to not like my work.
We push out bodies and minds so much and never think to take a break. But if we don’t take care of ourselves, how can we truly take care of our patients. Even if it’s like 3 days off, maybe over a weekend, if you have pto, use it. And during that time off, don’t do ANYTHING work related, don’t even think about cleaning the house or doing laundry or what not. Just plan on relaxing and spending time with your fam. That would be my suggestion and get refreshed 🙂 Hope you try to do this and you feel better!
WOW, that’s a tough one. If you hated your job or managment or something, I would tell you to look for a new job STAT, but that is not the case. When I was burned out being an acute dialysis nurse- ie: long shifts, over-night and weekend call, complete unpredictable nature of the position, I finally said enough is enough. I can’t do this anymore, but I love it and can’t imagine doing anything else….so I went PRN/unscheduled hours. I found a part-time job working at a methadone clinic and THEN worked part-time in dialysis. I was able to pick and choose my dialysis hours, which meant no more working over your scheduled time (the perm. staff has to do that) and NO MORE call. I was extremely happy. Now I am doing Legal Nurse Consulting, which is another story…hope you find a way to manage and stay happy AND healthy!!
oh yeah and take a vacation, haha
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