How to Effectively Deal with Stress in Nursing Practice

I just finished 5 12 hour night shifts, working New Years Eve and New Years Day. I work ICU. I have been a nurse for 13 years, have 2 Bachelors and an MBA. I am 38 and not married (dating a male nurse), with no kids (when?). Here’s some real advice to rookies, newbies, and almost burned-out RNs—go to spas, get manicures/pedicures/massages, have a beer/wine/pina colada and treat Yourself.

The only reason I can still stand it is to call in sick sometimes, take vacations, pamper myself and read the want ads. The average age of the nurse this year will be almost 50 years old! You have to be in good shape to work these long shifts, bathe pts, pull them up & over, etc. And working 7p-7a and sleeping all day sucks, you feel like a vampire. But once you get out, it’s harder to get back into the swing of things, especially critical care, with all the new technology and certifications you have to maintain (and pay for). I’m actually in the Virgin Islands now doing a travel assignment. I’ve done California, Alaska and Hawaii. Guess what? Nursing sucks just as bad all over the world…and when you sleep all day and work all night, it doesn’t matter if you’re in Honolulu, Anchorage or Biloxi, Mississippi. God Bless to my fellow RNs/let’s be good to one another, we’re all we got!