The Venting Nurse

Stories - FamilyVenting is a necessary function of the job. When you vent, this is your time. Feel free to be childish, petty, and unfair.

But just know, that’s not what venting is about. It’s about opening the valve and letting it all pour out.

The first step in venting is to find someone you can discreetly vent to. Once you’ve identified this person, you need to be able to express yourself fully.

Instead of merely saying, “I’m upset,” it would help to get into the specifics that are making you upset.

Although it may seem obvious, there are places that venting is appropriate and when it is not. Follow these guidelines for getting the most off your chest.

Pick a quiet space

A busy breakroom, at the nurse’s station, or in a patient’s room are terrible places to decide you need to vent. You will have to keep your cool until you can find somewhere safe to talk.

If you are on the floor and need to vent, find an empty patient’s room. Even then, it is best to not talk where others can overhear you.

Coffee shops are a great place to find catharsis. You can also go to the person’s house, which is much more ideal than a public space.

Having a conversation over the phone about your feelings can also help. Texting may not allow you the same freedom of expression, but just as long as your feelings remain private, you will get the full benefit of the rant.

Let the emotions run freely

Once you’ve found your trustworthy person and a safe place, you need to let go of every frustration, scrap of anger, and simmering issue.

Don’t be afraid to cry. It can be very cathartic and help you to overcome the feelings that you are having.

Anger is another surprising emotion that can appear during your vent cycle. Acknowledge it, and let it find expression in your conversation with your friend.

Any emotions that are ruining your ability to function as a nurse should come out in the vent session. Don’t hold anything back, and don’t worry about being childish. These can all be dealt with after you are past the raw emotion.

Don’t Expect for Venting to Solve problems

Venting, though it feels good, does not solve problems. The feelings that come from venting can help point you in the right direction, but plans are not made in the vent session.

When you finally express your feelings and have exhausted your emotions, you are still in the same place. This is why you need to come up with plans after you clear your head.

For instance, if you have a problem with your manager, you should complain about them as much as you can to your safe person. When you are done, though, take a look at why you are having the problem and what to do about it.

The great thing about venting is that it is a clear slate for your mind. You finally got it out. However, the best outcome from a vent session is ensuring you come up with a plan to avoid the frustration in the future.

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