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Oy..... October 27, 2007 6:57 AM

i needed to reread this.  call me spoiled if you will, but yesterday i had three of what i call "super-duper poopers" (read: they go ALOT) and two more who were  dependent every time they needed to get oob to go, as well as having a physician yell at me for something not done by the previous shift. (yeah, the buck stops with me, but i can't check them on everything.) charted on my lunch, skipped my breaks, and still had to stay over 30 minutes to transfer a patient to a higher level of care because nobody would take report. (of course, the years of 12 hour shifts without breaks and twelve patients trump this by a long shot, but california nurses campaigned for ratios for exactly that kind of reason.)

i've had tougher shifts than this one, but this was one of the hardest in a very loooooong time.  i promise not to think about anything nursing related at all today.......................

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 March 30, 2007 5:51 AM

Wow, John, your kind of relaxing sounds like fun !!!!  Captain G, good luck on your work...I'm working on two research projects, ugh !!!  October, 2007, is my dream date !!!  Marna, HI !!!  I love computer games!!! I like to play them when I get caught up just to do something fun and to clear my mind..

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 March 29, 2007 10:45 PM

Good morning every one. I try to read or play computer games to relax but not working so well lately, have to much on my fork this month. But usualy it works well.


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anonymous  March 28, 2007 10:26 AM

so glad this subject was brought up! doing my research module and care of the critically ill exam plus two placements ...any secrets greatly recieved!  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
RElaxing March 27, 2007 2:24 PM

Predetermined presents for me are easy. My kids and grandkids know I like the indoor/outdoor waterparks.     For my birthday, we went to an indoor water park for 2 nights.  It was 18 below zero outside but warm inside. This water park has a solar roof that alows tanning throught the roof glass. When we are not in the water, we play games in the arcade or games in our rooms. Having pizza delivered to the room is great for the grand kids.
 A lot of relaxation, fun and bonding happens during these retreats.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 March 27, 2007 9:09 AM

I find reading relaxes me; another thing I've done lately is attend school, which nutty as it sounds, that helps relax me because I know with a new degree it'll open doors for me so I can maybe make a differece in the healthcare arena; I work at the bedside and sometimes, that just infuritates me !!!  I'm tired of hearing all the complaints from patients and family members, I know they are sick, but they just don't think that everyone is human and we all need a "hug" in a while whether physically or verbally. I also try to send good notes to the Care2 groups !!!  Reading the notes relaxes me too  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 January 10, 2006 5:02 PM

Does anyone have any new suggestions to add?  How do we fight "Burn Out"?  bear  [ send green star]
 April 12, 2005 11:26 PM

Rhonda, I find that it helps me to gripe about my work with my fellow nurses, even though that can get you in trouble if you're not careful. But I need to get things off my chest. But yes, on my day off I try not to gripe about it. I was off today. I pulled weeds and mowed the lawn. I like doing yard work, and it was a beautiful day!  [ send green star]
no work April 11, 2005 10:10 AM

When you have your days off, DO NOTHING for work! Easier said than done but turning off my cellphone and doing activities that have nothing to do with work are paramount to your emotional health. Griping about work on the phone is also a no-no as it has something to do with work as well.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 April 05, 2005 10:12 PM

Good points Ginger. A sense of humor is a MUST I think. I am fortunate because i live on a lake. There is a park nearby where hardly anyone goes to. I love to walk down there and sit on the shoreline and just listen to the water and the birds. It's very relaxing. But i almost stepped on a water mocassin once. Ruined my plans for relaxing.  [ send green star]
LOL at Brent & April for looking similar so much so that... April 05, 2005 7:51 AM

LOL at Brent & April for looking similar so much so that I thought you both were twins. I thought for a sec there you were changing from nurses to twins. Make sure you both get some laughter into your lives too.See a good movie, "Sideways", is hilarious. Humor helps take the edge off too. I gotta watch my Dave Chappelle on the comedy channel to take my edge off lately. And I agree Brent having something to look forward makes alot of difference when you are becoming weary and stressing and heading towards the end of that taper on your burn out candle. April, going outdoors makes a ton of dffierence in me too and animals make it wonderful to be on the planet and they make me want to stay. April do you have animals? If not, heck I even watch the discovery channel, national geographic, animal planet and vegetate watching their animal programs to take my edge off sometimes. peace & blessings upon you both---ginger  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 April 04, 2005 11:40 PM

April, I noticed by our pictures that we look a lot alike. It sounds like you have a pretty good grip on ways to reduce stress. I find that working out helps me. Is there a class you could take just for fun? Something different to look forward to each week. Where i work I have a different day off each week. It works out that I have a 3 day weekend every third week. I never work more than 4 days in a row (unless I volunteer to work an extra day) After 4 days in a row I am really ready for a day or 2, or 3 off. Maybe you could start a new hobbie. If there is something different and new in your life that you could look forward to, I think it would help. Hopefully some of the others will have suggestions. I'm glad you are here. Thank you!  [ send green star]
First post:BURNOUT! April 04, 2005 4:12 PM

Does anyone have any secrets how to get through the burnout when it's not yet time for your vacation?I try imagery,relaxation with music and nature sounds,reading books way off the subject of my job,and spending as much time with my animal companions as I possibly can(It is true that cats and dogs reduce stress-as do horses,goats,guinea pigs,and wildlife).Heck,just being in the sunlight and open air helps sometimes.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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