Working Lots of Overtime

Friday, March 30, 2018
I have worked a lot of overtime at work this week, and I think I just about did myself in.  I am working hard to pay for the plane tickets to Australia later this year.  In nursing, overtime has to be worked carefully, as burnout and fatigue are felt more significantly than in other jobs. 

I noticed this week that I didn't allow myself enough time for rest.  I slept maybe five hours a night and worked up to 17-hour days.  When I get off work, it can be really hard to go right to sleep.  Four years into my nursing career, and I still haven't figured it all out.  Saying yes to overtime comes at a price, and sometimes the extra dollars on the paycheck aren't worth the cost to physical, mental, and emotional health.  Thinking I might take a break from overtime for the next couple of weeks.  I'd like to try to maximize the overtime until we leave on our trip, but I have to find the right balance some weeks, so I don't over-commit.  


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