There is absolutely no surprise that the nursing profession is one of the most stressful jobs. I’m saddened to see that it also has one of the highest divorce rates. Sadly I can completely understand why…
“Work stress in nursing was first assessed in 1960 when four sources of anxiety among nurses were identified: patient care, decisionmaking, taking responsibility, and change. The nurse’s role has long been regarded as stress-filled based upon the physical labor, human suffering, work hours, staffing, and interpersonal relationships that are central to the work nurses do. Since the mid-1980s, however, nurses’ work stress may be escalating due to the increasing use of technology, continuing rises in health care costs, and turbulence within the work environment.” read more here
Business insider reports that Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides share a — 28.95% divorce rate read more here
Occupational Psychologist Dr. Dai Williams notes, “Those involved in the caring professions experience a high level of break-up. This might be because they spend too long caring for other people at the cost of their own families, or because they are naturally sensitive people who are more vulnerable and sensitive in their own relationship.” read more here
Nursing is a profession that requires you to give all of yourself when you’re at work.
Nursing requires you to share in a patient’s ultimate highs and devastatingly lows.
Nursing as a profession has done away with many eight hour shifts and functions mainly on 12 hour shifts. This means nurses work from 7 AM to 7 PM and night shifters 7 PM to 7 AM which generally turns into 645 to 715 on a good day. Hospital based nursing hours are generally working 12-13-14 hour shifts at a time.
Nursing is a profession keeping you constantly on your feet, moving from room to room, ensuring that every patient, family member, and coworker are comfortable and well.
Nursing is a profession that requires you to constantly leave your problems at the door and immerse yourself in your patients problems & concerns.
Nursing is a profession dealing with overwhelming time demands, charting nightmares, and fast paced patient turnover. Mother Baby Nurses are no different. The world of obstetrics is ever changing. Census can be low one day requiring staff to be flexed home, and the the very next shift you are scrambling for staff and opening up overflow areas for women to deliver and recover postpartum.
Nursing is a profession where you leave work at the end of your shift exhausted, physically and emotionally. Nurses often don’t have much left in their tank when we go home.
I can understand how some families are unable to manage a family member staffing in such a high stress job day in and day out.
Nurses that have young children at home often walk into the door to find their children have already all gone to bed. Homework is done, baths have been given. Most families have already eaten dinner before their nurse comes home. Leaving the nurse to eat alone. This surely puts stress on the parent or caregiver at home, and they often must feel like a single parent family.
Nursing as a profession is a hard job that takes a compassionate person. That compassion needs to be shared with your own families as well. On the days that I work a 12 (14) hour shift it is very hard to come home after giving every ounce of what I have to my patients. I simply want to relax, finally eat an un-rushed meal, watch mindless television, & not move a muscle… But, I do have a husband, & I do have three children… they need me too! I don’t want to ever compromise my home life for work. I love my job but I always want my family to come first. It’s not always easy but it has to be done. My husband and I are a team and his flexibility allows me to do the work that I do.Yes nurses are compassionate, but it takes and requires a compassionate family of a nurse to complete the package and not become a nursing divorce statistic.
It is important to develop self care habits that help deal with the stressors of being a nurse as well as maintaining a peaceful work life balance. Everyone can take steps to ensure they are taking care of themselves; getting the recommended amount of sleep, eating well, taking time to exercise. I also think it is important to have a mentor at work, reach out to someone you can discuss the complexity of your job with. It is simply good practice to not take your stress from work home, so if you find a mentor, you can discuss problems, vent about certain situations and have an encouraging ear that understands the demands of your job.
What are ways you find to de-stress after a long day?
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