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Can nursing get overwhelming to the point where you reach your breaking point ?

how do you handle it when it gets that far

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Kimberly’s Answer

Nursing can get overwhelming and stressful just like any other career. We tend to meet people for the first time on one of the worst days of their lives. After a while, that can be draining on your spirits and emotions. I became an RN to work in long-term care and rehab. However, I only lasted about 2.5 years in that field before deciding to do something else. I am lucky enough to have an awesome support system, such as family, friends, and co-workers. I survived by having a stress reliever. For me, it was playing video games and cooking. No matter what job you do, you have to make time for yourself.

One of the advantages of being a nurse is that you can easily change your specialty. I went from long-term care to oncology. I have been with the same employer for 8 years now. I love my job. My organization offers employee assistance that can help with stress management. You do not have to stay at a job that makes you miserable. Nursing is one of the few careers where "job-hopping" isn't necessarily a bad thing. I hope this helps! --Kimberly S, RN
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Rob’s Answer

It can be especially during covid. The good news is there will be a shortage in the next couple of years (covid) so if you go that route you will most likely find a job asap.
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Bailey’s Answer

Nursing can be very overwhelming at times. Especially when you know what needs to be done to save a life but you are not a physician and you have to wait for one to arrive. My goal is to keep pushing forward in my career and hopefully become a provider to help make choices.
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Teresa’s Answer

I have heard of many nurses getting burnt out a few years after becoming a nurse.
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