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Lilly Gomes
3 months ago
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Facing new employee burnout already.... help?

I'm a new nurse and I feel like I need to say "yes" everything that is sent my way (shift changes, additional duties, extra hours, etc) I want to look good for my new supervisors and I want my coworkers to like me.

How can I say no? Should I say no??

I always work really hard at everything I do. But it's only been 4 months and I am TIRED from all the extra things i've been doing for my coworkers and other hospital staff.

#adviceplease #burnout #help #nursing

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Cory Anderson

Hey Lilly, I totally understand that feeling! Just remember that your mental health comes first. You can show your supervisors/coworkers how hard of a worker that you are without over-extending yourself. I would tell your coworkers that "you'd love to support them as best you can" but you have to focus on doing your own tasks first.

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Isla Alejandro

Sometimes you have to just say no! Don't feel bad about it. I know it is sometimes easier said than done but remember that you come first. If you spread yourself too thin, you won't be able to give it your all.

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S Renner

I worked as a nurse for 43 years and found that there is always extra shifts to work, more responsiblities and more hours. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the profession burnout is a reality, so you need to avoid it, because it can affect your mental and physical health , and make you very tired. Poor conscentration can cause you to make mistakes that you would have never have made if you had taken time off. Go ahead and take that scheduled day off and set limits with the number of extra hours that you work. You may have to schedule a meeting with your supervisor to discuss the workload. You sound like a hard worker, so your supervisor will want to keep you and will look at your work load to make sure it is fair. Best of Luck in your new career. You have chosen a tough job but there are many rewards.

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Penny Gioiello

Nursing is not a job, it is a calling. I worked as an RN for over 35 years. I worked every shift you can think of, doubles, 7 days without an off day, holidays, weekends, on-call. If you don't like this, my suggestion is to work in a doctor's office or something similar where you have regular hours.

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Nina Guidry

Learn to say no, Lilly, early on. It is a valuable skill in nursing. Work what you want to work. Don’t feel guilty or pressured. If you get worn down and sick, you won’t be able to work-or worse, you will start to dread going to work. Nursing is hard work physically and mentally. It is even tougher as you age in nursing. Take care of yourself so you can do your job and want to keep doing it. All the best to you.

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Teresa Dunn

Nursing is hard anywhere. It doesn't matter if your an RN or a CNA. You run your legs off or break you back lifting patients.. You can work extra if you want to but you also have the right to say NO when you want too. But once you say yes they will run to you everytime.

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Martin Reece

My advice to you Lily is to count from 10 then breathe when you are feeling overwhelmed. I work in healthcare for 7 years and the doctors, nurses I've came across always mention how stressful it can be. Unfortunately, the job that you have, burnout is a reality but I would recommend to think about the reasons why you're there and focus on that. You have the right to also let them know "I'm busy" and "Not right now - I have something to take care as of this moment" then carry on to what you were doing. Don't be afraid to be bold, you got this. It's ok to say "No" politely.

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Heidi Moneta

Lily, you have to take care of YOU first, or you wont be there for them. It's better to say no to someone then to end up sick because you did too much. Find YOUR point of work vs personal balance. When you know that an extra 10 or 15 hours is what you can do without disrupting your inner self, then after that you just say no. Just say, no I have previous scheduled obligations. Don't apologize, that then sounds like you can change those obligations. You are an obligation and you should be written in your schedule. Write it in as ME TIME. Once you get the hang of it, you'll find it very useful. Good luck.

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Nicole Secrest

I find that after prioritizing what is important, the rest falls in to place. Work/Life Balance is essential.

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