(Closed) Nursing burn out…any other nurse bees out there?

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 2
613 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’ve been a nurse for 6 years now and I’ve reached burnout several major aggression incidents and a major shakeup in ward design this year and I just can’t do it anymore I’m currently applying for a desk job away from patients. I never thought I’d move away form ward nursing and I’ll miss my patients and my team but I just need a break

Post # 3
101 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I’m just about to start my career into nursing and I felt like this as my student placement ended on a acute medical unit, working with nurse practitioners every day, the job looked more intense but they love what they do. If the patient is at your forefront, go for it.

Where are you based? Do you have community nursing? Or even holding clinics? That seems a little less intense in another way, still having targets to meet? 

Post # 4
3 posts
  • Wedding: April 2016

I have been a nurse for 6 years working Med surg the first three and pacu the last 3. I am graduating from nurse practitioner school next week. It’s not nearly as intimidating as you might think. It just builds on the foundation of what you already know. I’m sure my first few months of work will be similar to the feeling I had as a new nurse…somewhat terrifying and lots of second guessing and asking questions. But the good thing is all of the physicians I’ve worked with during clinicals are happy to answer questions. I would highly recommend looking into programs if you are interested. It’s a high demand area right now. 

Post # 5
1354 posts
Bumble bee

almostmrsmj :  I’ve heard of nurses working for insurance companies that evaluate disability claims. I’m pretty sure it’s a 9-5 office type setting.

Post # 6
293 posts
Helper bee

I have been a nurse for a little over 5 years now, and definitely know what you mean. I worked ortho for a year, med/surg for 2 years, and now oncology for almost two years. I can’t imagine doing anything else, but at the same time I am definitely feeling the burnout with the challenging and tragic patients.  I just finished my first year of NP school – part time, so 4 years to go (DNP).  

What has helped me a bit is deleting my work email from my phone, and not picking up extra shifts.  That way I only do my 3 shifts/week and am not constantly bombarded by work-related stuff. It also helps on my days off to make sure I do a workout and spend some time outside walking/rollerblading, etc. 

Post # 7
2452 posts
Buzzing bee

OT but wanted to heap praise on all of you for doing difficult and sometimes unrewarding work.

I recently spent over two weeks in a highly specialized NICU and my family and I were persistently amazed and aware of the stellar contributions made by those men and women of the nursing profession who cared for our cherished grandchild.

Although some of you may choose to leave the field, please be sure that your time gave some or many pople in your care a chance that they might otherwise not have had.

MANY THANKS TO YOU ALL, whatever pofessional choices you make in the future. 

Post # 8
105 posts
Blushing bee

I’ve been on my floor for 2 years now (oncology) and am feeling beyond burned out. The nurse eat nurse mentality is present on my floor and the lack of support is awful. I’ve been playing with the idea of switching to a office job but the pay cut will stink…the way our NPs act make me want to never go to NP school.

Post # 10
14 posts
  • Wedding: July 2015

almostmrsmj :  I feel your pain!! I worked for 8 years as a nurse (med/surg neuro, public health clinic, hospice) before becoming a nurse practitioner. I realized about a year into NP school that it probably wasn’t a good fit for me but family and friends encouraged me and told me it was probably related to the stress of working as a hospice nurse and being in NP school. I’m going into my second year as a nurse practitioner and find the level of responsibility, liability, endless charting, and serious lack of work life balance to be exhausting. This is job #3 for me (unsafe patient numbers and toxic environments have kept me moving) and I have experienced more disrespect as a NP from MD’s than I ever did from fellow nurses while working on the floor. My current boss is an incredibilty toxic and egotistical MD who spends her days cussing out and belittling her staff often times in front of patients.  I realize there are NP’s out there that don’t feel this way….but I say at least shadow a NP before you consider applying to a program. I’m working with a professional/life coach to figure out next steps because I certainly do not see myself working as a traditional NP forever. I think investing in a few visits with a professional coach to really do some soul searching on what you’re looking for in a career would be well worth it!!! As for me, I’m finding I enjoy the human connection more than the techinical aspect of nursing/NP. I think I’ve felt embarassed to admit that until recently when I realized that’s where my natural talent lies. I don’t know what that means in terms of my career path but I’m working on figuring it out 😉 Hope this helps! 

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Post # 11
20 posts

Hi fellow nurse bees! :). I’ve been a nurse 7 years– and def get the burnout. I recently transitioned from the ER to an outpatient clinic. It is a whole different world!!! Even just the schedule is life changing. Hope you find what you want! Nursing is a wonderful career- you can change so much! 

Post # 13
404 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I know someone else mentioned this, but insurance companies sometimes hire on nurses as case managers or investigators. My mom worked as a nurse for 15 years (the practice she work for closed), switched to insurance in 1999, and has been there ever since.

Her nursing background was critical for audit investigating since she had the medical knowledge to determine when procedures were being billed correctly versus when someone was billing a higher cost procedure. She’s pretty introverted, so apart from site visits, it’s really just her and her department every day. She works 7-4 and has the ability to work from home when she needs to.

Maybe that’s an option for you?

Post # 14
721 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’ve been an RN for about 2 years. I started on a very demanding renal med surg unit and was burned out after 18 months. I moved into hospice as an RN case manager. I still work in the hospital (which I love), but I don’t provide direct patient care. I conduct hospice informational visits with patients and families, facilitate hospice admissions (whether they are general inpatient, or discharge home with sign on), manage discharges for those being discharged home with hospice, and act as a liaison between the hospital staff, the physicians, and our hospice agency. So far I am really enjoying my new position and I can see myself doing this for quite some time. 


There are so many different settings to be a nurse, if a few aren’t for you, keep searching!

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