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Is it time for me to walk away from a full-time nursing job?

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Here are a few signs:

  1. You feel like you’re not yourself anymore and feel a distinct lack of energy and motivation.
  2. Your mental health is suffering: you’re constantly anxious, depressed, or irritable even in your time off.
  3. You get anxious thinking about going to work or dread it during your time off.
  4. You feel like you don’t have any time with your family. 
  5. The reward of caring for patients doesn’t feel like it’s worth the risks. 
  6. Your hospital is understaffed, taking advantage of nurses, and making no plans to change the situation.
  7. You feel an overwhelming need for something to change because what you’re doing doesn’t feel sustainable. 

Here is what to consider: 

  1. Do I still enjoy anything about the nursing profession?
  2. Do I think I want to take a break or walk away permanently?
  3. What flexibility do I have financially?
  4. How do you feel about the work-life balance?
  5. How is my mental health?
  6. Do you want to keep your nursing license active?

Options in taking a break:

  1. See what options your hospital offers
  2. Consider shifting full-time to part-time
  3. Take a long vacation
  4. Take on PRN gigs to work on your own schedule

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