What can employers do to prevent nurse burnout?
These staggering numbers show just how pressing an issue burnout really is among healthcare providers. Bearing that in mind, it only makes sense for important stakeholders such as healthcare employers to take action and take the necessary steps to reduce the risk of nurses developing burnout. Pain Free Working describes how companies should look beyond physical health when it comes to workplace wellness. This involves providing personalized solutions to meet their needs, especially for those who work remotely. For traveling nurses, such solutions could translate to companies setting up or financing ‘Travel Nurse Housing’. By providing Travel Nurse Housing, companies will be able to effectively reduce some of the stress the nurses have to deal with and help them save valuable time and energy.
Of course, aside from the companies, the nurses themselves also have to take certain measures to keep themselves safe from burning out. Here are some of them:
One of the most common causes of burnout is not being able to separate your professional life from your home life. If you ever find yourself thinking about work even after your shift, then you need to stop yourself immediately and think of something else. An article by Nursing.org suggests adapting a behavior outside of work. Avoid dwelling on work issues at home and allow yourself to relax and think of other stuff when you are off the clock. It would also be a good idea to set boundaries with your patients and colleagues, and to turn off your notifications (provided that you’re not on call, of course). You can also create a routine that will signify that your workday is done, such as meditating or journaling — both of which can help you unplug and relieve stress.
This post was written and contributed by Anne Reed. Thanks so much, Anne for the great content!