I work on an extremely busy med-surg/ telemetry floor in a community based hospital. I enjoy my co workers and receive praise regularly from my patients via administrative rounds. I enjoy my job for the most part. However, I have started having nightmares about work prior to my shift and noticed increasing anxiety on days I work. I have only been a nurse for a little over a year and only worked in acute care about 8 months. Is this normal? Am I just adjusting to the stress if my job? I feel pretty worthless for having this anxiety and doubts. Anyone else experienced that? If so what helps? I have talked to several of my co workers as have been told to ” ride it out.” But I have been on my own ( out of orientation) since September and the ride isn’t any easier. Please help.
Although I didn’t want to take any medication, my doctor recommended starting celexa at the time. It has helped me so much! I work in an extremely busy emergency department, so I never stop.
Without pills, deep breathing techniques and any other relaxation techniques that work. Maybe other people have recommendations to try before meds. It definitely wasn’t my first choice, I tried so long to deal with it on my own, but it made me so much better.
I can understand your feelings. I have been a nurse for 7 years. I remember my first year as a nurse. I remember wondering how it was possible that millions of people do this job every day! How could it be possible? How could I even scrape by each day? I believe you feel this way because you care about your patients and want the best for them. It stresses you out to know that you don’t have the time to do everything that you feel should be done to care for them. Please go easy on yourself. As you learn how to prioritize and work more efficiently this will get better. It will take time. It will not be easy. It will be hard. You will find your groove in the end. I promise. Find a good support system and good coping strategies that work for you if what you are doing now is not working. In the meantime, accept the situation for what it is; acknowledge it. You will get there.
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