Hello koi friends!
My name is Karen Pizarro, and I have officially been a nurse for almost 8 months now. I have had so many great experiences so far, but I wanted to talk about an aspect of nursing that is not mentioned as often.
Nursing really is a self less career. You go into each shift putting your own problems aside to deal with your patients’ problems whether medical or psychosocial. We, as nurses, always want to be there for our patients, and make sure they are getting the best care possible. But at the end of the day who is checking up on us to make sure we are okay? Not being able to talk about that stressful shift at the end of your day can cause nurses to experience burnout. Burnout is when a nurse is not only physically exhausted, but mentally exhausted as well.
Burnout can occur from working long shifts, having stressful shifts, and not having an outlet to express your feelings. Burnout can cause nurses to become dissatisfied with our careers and not allow us to provide the best care possible to our patients.
I first experienced burnout a couple of weeks after finishing my orientation process at the hospital I am working at. My floor can also be very stressful at times, and the anxiety of being on my own since orientation, and being a new grad nurse, caused me to burnout. I did not talk to anyone about what I was feeling at first, but I then realized that I needed to in order to deal with how I was feeling. I reached out to some of my friends that are also nurses, and it really helped. I appreciated all of the advice they gave me and it was nice to know that I am not the only person who has gone through this.
I also started using my days off from work to focus on myself. I do activities that made me happy like watch my favorite movies or hang out with friends or As time goes on, I am learning to better manage my stress and not being afraid to ask for help. I would like all nurses to know that experiencing burnout is not normal and that in such a selfless career, you need to put yourself first sometimes.
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