Nursing Burnout & Occupational Nursing Careers


Too often the reality of working in the real nursing world can make the most ardently committed young student nurse turn her back on her skills. Listlessness and fatigue build up, occupational frustrations accrue, then nursing burnout ensues. This leads to a casual disregard of the most basic nursing principles. Laziness and inattention soon follow. A nurse can be cited for errors, poor attitude, and slipping up on the job. The world of the academic nursing phase of their career can seem years off, instead of only months ago. This is a common element in a young nurse’s career, and there are several ways to cope.

A young nursing intern, student nurse, or newly minted graduate nurse may have no one they can trust to talk to. Peer review may be in the hands of older people the nurse may not fully trust. The work load is too crushing, the schedule is too hard, and the money is too low. The rewards that seemed so promising while a student nurse seem very far away, from every perspective. And many hospitals and nursing homes have very little in the way of employee support. Human relations in nursing institutions often only adds up to timecard processing. Occupational support networks are key.

The current occupational nursing professional will undergo a learning curve when first joining the official working world of nursing. Many call the eroding relationship a new nurse has with the employer as a”poor fit”. But as a nurse comes to realize her (or his) own strengths, their maturity may result in them outgrowing their current working assignment. While it may be a profitable relationship from a working perspective, (The Registry makes money, the facility gains a great worker), the nurse’s own interest in their work flags. This is not ideal, as it is the nurse’s own personal commitment that keeps them in the nursing field.

Every facility , hospital, or home health work space will have its challenges. it is a nurse’s choice which one she chooses to work in. Some nurse trade off their nursing duties, working part-time for a formal nursing institution like a long term care facility or assisted living environment, and a few days a week doing Home Health on the side. A Home Health nurse can choose her patients. Building up a rapport with a trusted few can add to income and augment a nurse’s salary with more mutually respected nursing relationships.

One avenue for a nurse to revive their occupational interests to undergo certification training in a specific specialty service. Knowledge of therapies and alternative treatments can offer a nurse’s patients options. Counseling with a specialty nurse can orient your schedule to more challenging occupational work. One thing is for sure, it’s a better thing to find your niche before your superiors notice your work is sliding. They won’t always be sensitive enough to ask why. You may just be shown the door before the burnout gets the best of you.


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