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Nursing Careers: How To Avoid Nursing Burnout
by Greg Cryns
Nursing burnout is one of the main reasons that nurses are leaving the clinical settings. This is not good news considering that this country is already in the midst of a nationwide nursing shortage. But in answer to nurse burnout, hospitals across the country are still cutting staff and
expecting nurses to do
more with less. This will do nothing but increase the risk for nursing
mistakes and liability. Read on to learn more about nursing burnout and
what you can do to keep it from happening to you.
Anyone who has been a
nurse for any period of time knows what it means to be burnt out. You
start to dread going to work, you feel that if you have to listen to one
more complaint from a patient, you are going to scream. You are mentally
and physically exhausted and are just looking forward to your next day
off. Sound familiar?
But there are ways to
help with nursing burnout. First and foremost you have got to learn to
take care of yourself. Many
nurses do not take care of themselves because they think they are too busy
taking care of others. They will be
overweight from stress eating, they may smoke or drink too much or they
are in general poor health from the physical demands of the job.
The best thing you can
do for yourself, is to make time for yourself. Start eating healthy. Skip
the junk foods and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Drink plenty of
water to help flush your system. Make it a point to relax on your days
off. Go shopping, read a book or just spend time with your family. When
not at work, put it out of your mind. Do not worry about the patients or
worry about any mistakes that you might have made that day.
This is very
important. Get plenty of sleep. Your body needs to rejuvenate itself after
a hard day and the only way it can do this is with a full eight hours of
sleep. If you are tired you will be more irritable and
you will be prone to make mistakes.
If you find that you
just canít stand your current nursing position anymore, consider a
change in positions. Nursing is one profession that has a ton of options.
You may want to move from a clinical setting and work as a consultant.
There are nurses who are employed by attorneys as legal nurse consultants.
The pay is better and you will be respected more.
There are many more
options available for nurses. Do a search online and you will be shocked
at how many opportunities you will have. If you like to travel, join a
traveling nurse agency and get paid to travel the country!
So as you can see,
nursing burnout is a reality, but it doesnít have to be that way. If you
are getting burnt out , then get out. Do something else with your nursing
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