How to Avoid Burnout in your Current Job as a Nurse
Are you burned out?
I know, it's hard to admit it.
You want to keep doing your job like Florence Nightingale day in and day out. You want to act like everything is okay.
But you're tired. You're mentally stressed sometimes.
Or just plain bored.
It happens to all of us at one time or another:
But what we do about it so that it doesn't affect our jobs as a nurse? After all, people depend on us to be the best that we can be and keep smiling even if we do feel like doing anything else than being a nurse sometimes.
First, admit you're going to have these feelings from time-to-time.
Feeling burned out is probably a result of extremely hard, dedicated work! You want to make sure every detail is remembered, that every job is done, that medications are given on time every time.
In short, you want to be Wonder Woman.
But despite the view that the world will stop turning if we are not at 100% power every day,
it is simply not true. We can take some time to relax and recharge our batteries. In fact, we should do this.
So one thing you should do once in a while is to get away. Staying in the same environment such as the hospital or
clinic you work in can be stressful. Take a short break at lunch. Take a walk. Call a friend. Just relax.
Another thing you should do is to explore other career opportunities. If you think the burnout is due to not feeling you are fulfilling your full potential, check the nurse's station bulletin board for other jobs either within your hospital or clinic or another location that is close to where you live.
We all get stuck in habits. Some habits are good. If you have a good job that you love, stick with it.
But if you feel you need a change, there's nothing wrong with testing the parameters to see if there are other opportunities out there that we might enjoy more than what we are doing now.
After all, it's your career, and it's your life. You deserve to be happy in what you do.
That's why you spent over four years preparing for it.
You chose to be a nurse because you love it. But when you are good at what you do, you may sometimes experience burnout.
Just use this feeling as a reminder that you may want to explore other options within your profession.
If you've ever considered working in the psychology field, you may want to consider getting some hours in psychiatric nursing to qualify to serve as a psychiatric nurse or caregiver.
If you are interested in really making a difference in the nursing field in your community, you could get your Masters in Nursing or Healthcare Management and become a healthcare administration in the hospital where you work. Why not discuss this with one of the senior hospital executives when you have a few minutes. They are usually happy to know you are considering working in nursing administration and they may even help you get there.
So take short breaks, take some extended breaks like a vacation with family and friends, and think about where you want to go from here. You'll never know until you try. Being a nurse doesn't mean you have to stay in one place forever.
So the next time you experience burnout, chill out and get going!
There's a whole world out there. Don't be afraid to explore it.