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I have been a nurse for 2.5 years. I feel so burnt out at the moment. I love being a nurse and I do feel like it's my calling, but sometimes I feel like I chose the wrong career. Is it normal to feel burnt out so early on?

September 15th, 2021

I think that with COVID-19 and now the nursing shortage, there is a lot of stress going around. Maybe try changing the type of nursing that you are doing in order to get a fresh start. Remember why you are doing this career and the good things and that may help some.

September 24th, 2021

It’s possible you feel this way because of the pandemic. It has taken it toll on just about everyone, especially healthcare professionals. In my case I did floor nursing for 35 years before venturing into case management. For me it was the physical aspect. Even as an RN I did a lot of lifting and bathing & feeding, not to mention the skills part of my job. I didn’t always have a CNA. Therefore I did everything for the patients.

October 1st, 2021

You’re starting out during an unusually difficult period. Stress has increased lots lately and burnout has become far more common at all levels of experience.

We’ll have to deal with COVID far longer than we deserve, but it will end. The Flu a century ago was simply catastrophic, and still people bounced back, so much so that most of us don’t even know much about it.

We’ll each have to adapt & persevere as best we can. Some are changing jobs or even retiring, more each day. Most of us still keep on plugging away for our patients for as long as we can.

There are no easy answers, and you are far from alone.

September 30th, 2021

Little early probably 10 years would be closer to normal. Suggestion- try to get MSN and start teaching.

September 29th, 2021

We all get burned out. The COVID-19 virus has made it hard on everyone. I would ask, "What are you doing for yourself?"
When on a boat, the rule is one hand for the boat, the other is for you. Sometimes, you have to let go of the boat and save yourself. Are you talking to your family and friends about things other than work? Vacation? Exercising?