Burnout is a concern in many industries, and the nursing field is no exception. What makes burnout extra problematic in the healthcare world is that it can affect patient care if left unaddressed.
If you’re a nurse, you need to maintain your own health and therefore the health of your patients. Here’s how:
Take a break.
Far too often, we don’t take enough breaks from work. Nursing is a physical, demanding field, and it has a difficult mental component as well. Taking days off, or even extended vacations, is important to allow yourself to relax and recharge. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that if you take time off, your patients or team members will suffer. The opposite is true — you need to be at your best in order to give those under your care the attention they need.
Take care of yourself outside of work. Eat well, exercise regularly, spend time around those you love, avoid harmful substances, and treat yourself occasionally. There’s no shame in going shopping, heading to the spa, practicing yoga, getting a massage… these things recharge your batteries and allow you to head back to work refreshed and reenergized. Take a look at our mental health tips for even more great ideas.
Find a creative outlet.
You might find that a creative outlet is a good way for you to relax your mind and center yourself when you’re not on the job. There are plenty of options: writing, drawing, painting, practicing photography, gardening… the list goes on. Simply put, doing things that you enjoy enhances your mood and ultimately makes you a better nurse.
Talk to someone.
The worst thing you can do is hide how you’re feeling, especially if you’re starting to sense that you’re becoming burnt out. Talk to your coworkers to see what they think. Chat with your close family members or friends for advice. You might even seek out someone in your facility’s HR department, or a support group or counselor outside of the workplace, to talk with. Getting your feelings off your chest can make a huge difference, and it’s a good way to invest in yourself and make sure you’re performing at the top of your game.
Is It Time for a Change?
Sometimes, a job change is the best prescription for preventing burnout. That’s where we come in. Get in touch with the staffing professionals at BOS Medical. We can help you achieve your dreams!