Nurses : how to avoid burnout
First, being able to accomplish all those tasks requires a few skills : being well organized, being good at what you are doing (we all know cheaters who are terrible at what they are doing, but nurses can’t afford that), even with a great amount of stress and under intense pressure.
Not everyone has to deal almost everyday with matters of life or death. And that may be the hardest part of the job. Empathy is a requirement to do this job, but you need to keep a certain distance between the patient and yourself, which is particularly difficult for nurses in the neonatal departments.
Nurses see themselves as invincibles
They care for people, not the contrary. So they tend not to care enough about themselves ; and they even often don’t even think about it, having your head to the grindstone !
But that is actually what brings nurses to burnout. The pressure, the lack of sleep, the illness, intense joy followed by sad news. Nowadays every caregiver knows fatigue, because we ask them more and more and they can’t say « no » because there will always be patients and they will always need them.
But nurses need to recognize when it’s time for them to say enough. Nurses should give themselves the same care that they give to their patient, because work shouldn’t have such an impact on your health and mind. Plus, in the majority of cases, when burnout is recognized it is right after an incident. And all different type of nurses more than any other person can not make mistakes, as they can be irreversible and fatal.
So for everyone’s sake, nurses ought to think about their needs to know when they should slow down.