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Nurse burnout: How to Beat It

Skilled nurses are in high demand. That’s good news. But there’s also a growing gap when it comes to supply: experienced nurses aren’t filling the openings as quickly as needed. That leaves many nurses who are already in healthcare systems carrying a heavy load of expectations. They’re expected to care for patients with compassion and empathy, all in a very stressful environment. The result? They feel overworked, overwhelmed with paperwork and simply “over it” when it comes to job satisfaction.

That’s what nursing burnout looks like.

More good news though: There are ways you can beat burnout. They’re simple but effective when you need a little fuel to light the flame of enjoying your job — and your life — once again. Keep in mind, these tips can’t replace seeking professional help if ongoing symptoms are keeping you from doing your job safely and effectively.

Three tips to help you beat nurse burnout

1. Learn how to be resilient

Online resilience programs teach coping skills for responding to the demands of your profession. You’ll find resilience programs that help you learn to adapt to stressful situations or crises. You can also learn to use your emotions to help you become better at managing your overall resilience on the job. 2. Embrace professional development

This may seem counterintuitive, but studies have shown positive results when nurses focus on the professional aspects of their work. Nurses have reduced burnout by taking part in programs that emphasize:

• Developing a professional self-image • Learning positive professional thinking • Setting short-term professional goals • Using strategies to increase job satisfaction 3. Look outside your job for satisfaction

Work can seem all-consuming. That’s why it’s so important to leave your job behind at the end of the day. Here are a few ways to separate your work life from your home life: • Don’t dwell on work issues when you’re at home. • Maintain a balanced diet and a healthy weight. • Stay physically active. • Get your rest. • Find hobbies you enjoy.

Preventing burnout is best

It's best to try to prevent burnout in the first place, but that’s not always possible. If you find yourself struggling with burnout, remember you have resources that can help. Safeguarding your mental health is too important to ignore.

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