How to Avoid Nursing Burnout

How to Avoid Nursing Burnout

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With the current healthcare work climate in the UK, it isn’t surprising to hear about nursing burnout more often. Working as a nurse is a demanding job that requires constant focus. It is highly challenging taking care of sick and vulnerable people and understaffing doesn’t help ease the stress. It is very important to ensure you avoid nursing burnout.

I remember one particular shift I had within a gastro ward of 28 patients. There was only myself and the Nurse Manager working that shift. It was overwhelming and in spite of the fact that the Matron on duty sent us another nurse and HCA, the responsibility was still immense. On my way home, I had never felt so exhausted and unsure of myself. Had I done the best I could to support and care for the people who had needed me?

As nurses we carry on and do as much as we can. We work hoping that the next shift will become easier. Nonetheless, the cycle of stress and often understaffing, continues.

 

Here are a few tips on how to avoid nursing burnout:

 

Find Your Purpose

Some individuals are in nursing not because they felt it was their calling, but for other well-meaning intentions, and that’s fine. However, if your heart is not in what you are doing, you will find that constantly having to “give yourself away” may be too exhausting. Contributing to nursing burnout.

Reflect and remember why you joined the nursing workforce. Think about the things in nursing that make you happy and fulfilled. Work on the areas that you find tedious. Assess whether the nursing specialty you’re in is really right for you. Perhaps you would be happier working in another speciality or unit?

 

Learn How To Delegate

Part of being an efficient and effective nurse is learning which tasks are essential to your role and then entrusting the “secondary’’ ones to a Healthcare Assistant. In this manner, you are able to achieve what is expected of you.

Consequently, if your Nursing Manager is allocating you more work than you can handle, you should address this with them to avoid nursing burnout. You aren’t doing your patients a disservice by refusing or questioning work added to your load, on the contrary, you are actually doing them a favour by making sure that you are fit and safe to work by balancing your workload.

 

Manage Stress

Keep a diary and record your daily routine. This will help you identify the things that exhaust and wear you down most. When you have identified these factors, learn how to deal with them constructively either through exercise, meditation, breathing exercises and the likes.

Situations may at times feel dire, but part and parcel of surviving this job is knowing what is expected of you. Learning what is being asked of you is part of knowing your purpose.

Setting professional boundaries as well as delegation is vital to teamwork. Also, do remember that taking care of others means also taking care of yourself. Why not take the nursing stress test and see how you are coping.

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Be Assertive when Building Your Nursing Career

Be Assertive when Building Your Nursing Career

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No person is the same. Each and every one of us is distinct – different personality, a different identity.

Our characteristics define who we are and it is a roadmap of where we were and where we will be. In the workplace, there are times when individuality helps with the tasks on hand while there are times when it becomes a hindrance in achieving goals. Individuality helps with identifying with clients and relating to them while conformity helps with maintaining a workplace. Take note however that our identities are many, multifaceted and dynamic therefore we can show our identities in the different aspects of our work. Identity is a complex and changing representation of self and it is created in relationships with others, we are not just our job, we have an identity as a child, a sibling, a friend, a lover and so on.

Building your Nursing Career

As a nurse, you will be tasked with caring for other people. You would usually follow what your superiors tell you. There are times when your routine and the commands of your superiors drown out your individuality. You forget your identity and you become a slave to your work. You will sometimes feel like you are just a cog in someone else’s spinning wheel. This gives you dissatisfaction with your work (dissonance) and you will easily burn yourself out.

For you to assert your individuality in your nursing career, you will need to identify in which facets of your work you can show your individuality. There are aspects where individuality will not be suitable for your work while there are aspects where individuality is appreciated. Some aspects of your work will require precision which will sometimes demand conformity from you. Emergency situations where life is at risk will require you to follow what others are telling you, therefore, your individuality will not be appropriate in that situation. On the other hand, in the treatment of your patients, you can show your individuality by giving your patients individualized care based on their own personality and identity. This gives your patient a lasting impression of who you are and how you helped nurse them back to health.

You should also strive to learn more. Further education will distinguish you from your colleagues and it will help you treat your patients properly and more genuinely. Further education also improves your chances of getting that much-awaited promotion at work.

Don’t be complacent and always strive to be better so you can provide excellence at work.

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Techniques to Manage Nursing Stress

Techniques to Manage Nursing Stress

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Although it can be one of the most rewarding professions, nursing can also be the most stressful. Understaffing, limited breaks, ultra-long shifts and a lack of training are among the reasons that nurses are leaving the NHS in their droves. In order to be able to look after your patients, it’s vital that you look after yourself. Take steps to manage your nursing stress and prevent yourself from becoming overwhelmed.

Stress can be extremely damaging to your health and cause short-term symptoms such as high blood pressure, headaches and insomnia. High levels of stress over time can cause severe depression and even leave you with an increased risk of a heart attack. (We’re sure we don’t need to tell you, you’re the nurse!)

By incorporating some of our following tips to manage your nursing stress, you can keep yourself healthy – both mentally and physically:

Exercise to Manage Nursing Stress

Exercise is nature’s greatest stress-reliever. When you exercise your body will pump feel-good chemicals called endorphins through your system, causing you to instantly feel better and less anxious. It’s for this reason that many people get ‘runner’s high’ for a few hours after exercising. Adopting a regular exercise regime will better your mood and decrease stress levels. It’s obviously also great to keep yourself in shape too!

Take Your Breaks

We can’t stress (excuse the pun!) this one enough – take your breaks! It’s impossible for you to work constantly for an 8, 10 or 12-hour shift without giving yourself regular breaks to recharge your batteries. Make sure you take time for yourself at work regardless of how busy you are!

Get Enough Sleep

One of the biggest factors that can contribute towards stress is not getting enough sleep. Adults need between at least 7 and 8 hours of sleep to function at their best. If you’re not getting a good night’s rest you’ll be much more prone to slower reactions, poor memory and decreased mood the next day. Not getting a good night’s sleep can also affect your immune system and cause you to become unwell, which isn’t good for you or your patients.

Eat healthily

Eating a balanced diet is essential if you want to manage your nursing stress effectively. Healthy foods which give you a slow release of energy throughout the day are vital if you’re working a long shift. Foods rich in B vitamins, such as avocados, are proven stress-relievers due to their ability to nourish your brain and nerve cells. Plan your meals wisely!

 

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