Diagnosis: Nurse Pre-Vacation Syndrome (NPVS)
Etiology: Co-dependence, inadequate toilet training
Signs and Symptoms:
*Delusions that one's patients will probably die if you leave them in the care of others
*Possibly realistic fears that paperwork and charts on your desk will mate and multiply in your absence
*Memories of previous vacations in which said vacation was spent recovering physically and emotionally from the amount of preparation needed in order to take a vacation in the first place
*Resentment of co-workers who are not about to go on vacation
*Feeling like this will be the last vacation you will ever take "because taking a vacation is too much work"
*Already planning what you will do when you return to work
*Inordinate amount of time spent on Mapquest
*Distractedly gazing out the window
*Telling your co-workers that they can call you on your cell-phone with questions about difficult patients while you're away
1) More frequent vacations (practice makes perfect)
2) Re-read Codependent No More
3) Leave cell-phone at home "accidentally"
4) Take even more vacations
5) Quit your job
6) Read Codependent No More again
Prognosis: Especially good if you adhere to treatment goal #1.