It happens to many nurses. The job can be a very high stress one and a nurse will find one day that she no longer has the drive to go to work any longer. She cannot stand one more day of watching a patient go downhill, pass away, or feels as if she just cannot deal with even looking at her workplace. This is called ‘burnout’.
Burnout usually appears after a long period of stress, little sleep, and demands of life in general. Some signs of burnout will include a lack of enthusiasm for life and your job, feeling as if no one values your work or thoughts, and insomnia. This leads to frustration, anger, and sometimes lashing out at co-workers or family.