Whether it’s understaffed facilities or stressful working conditions, nurse burnout is an issue for healthcare professionals to take seriously. Now, after a year of the COVID-19 pandemic, nurse burnout is an increasingly alarming issue in the healthcare industry. If you’re a nurse, make sure to remember that with all the care you give to your patients, it’s important to take a step back and look at your mental health and habits. Here are a few tips for nursing professionals experiencing burnout…
1. Identify the symptoms of nurse burnout.
First, it’s essential to know what the symptoms of nurse burnout are. Whether you’re a Licensed Nurse Practitioner, Certified Nursing Assistant, Registered Nurse, Home Care or Home Health Nurse, working full-time or per-diem, burnout is real, and it’s essential to know how to address it. The stresses you may feel in your nursing job that lead to burnout may be hard to minimize, but early intervention is possible. You may want to think about seeking out support if you are…
- A nurse who has lost their sense of purpose, personal achievement, and passion for their work.
- A nurse who is becoming emotionally exhausted to a point where you feel disconnected from the overall nursing experience – otherwise known as compassion fatigue.
- A nurse who is questioning your competence.
- A nurse who is feeling irritable at home and at work.
- A nurse who is experiencing physical symptoms, which may include feelings of anxiety, physical symptoms such as headaches and fatigue, or experiencing an intense feeling of dread at the thought of work.
2. Seek help.
A nurse that is suffering from burnout may experience desensitization to the help that is around them. If you find that the organization you work for doesn’t have what you need, don’t be afraid to ask for assistance. Many healthcare organizations have excellent Employee Assistance Programs (EAP’s) that can help remedy nurse burnout. Programs like stress reduction apps or classes, charity partnerships, and buddy programs can help you feel purposeful in your work and more at home in your facility community.
3. Take up hobbies or side gigs if you work per-diem.
Nursing can be just as emotionally taxing as it can be rewarding. Not to mention that nursing per-diem can be lonely because you don’t have a support system that an agency or facility might provide. So it can be hard to unwind after a challenging shift. Finding a hobby or side gig that you enjoy can help you take your mind off work and give you a positive outlet during your time off the clock. Whether you choose to explore a hobby on your own, with family, or even a fellow nurse, it’s crucial to find time for yourself and the things you enjoy after devoting your time to others.
4. Take a step back.
If something really isn’t working when you’re on the job, it’s okay to take a step back and think about other career options. This may mean asking yourself, “is it time for another specialty?” or, “Is it time for a different setting?” Passion and satisfaction can go hand-in-hand, and a bout of burnout might mean that it is time to shake things up in your life.
5. Practice work-life balance.
Be proactive and persistent in adopting work-life balance practices to ensure that the stresses of work stay at work. “Nurses should practice self-care” is a common piece of advice for a reason. Healthy eating habits, exercise, and hobbies that can promote relaxation are good ways to help avoid or minimize burnout.
A positive work experience for healthcare heroes is a foundational goal for IntelyCare. Being able to pick when and where you work might help you address the burnout you’re experiencing. Plus, joining a supportive company like IntelyCare with a vast network of IntelyPros can provide you more support than working per-diem alone.
If a change of pace is what you need, but still want to continue being a care provider, joining IntelyCare and becoming an IntelyPro could be just the switch you need. Apply today.