Nurse Burnout – The Silent Job Killer
Nurse burnout was slowly killing my love for my job as a nurse. It was a silent killer that grew gradually day by day. It just seemed like I started to dislike my job more and more. I started to feel lethargic about coming to work. The utter joy and compassion that I had experienced in the beginning of my career started to fade day by day. This is dangerous because as nurses we are the symbol for compassion. Who wants to be treated by a nurse who just doesn’t care about them? I had to ask myself “What was happening to me?”
I began to feel hopeless. I began to fear that I hated my job. That’s when the panic set in. After all of the years that I had devoted to this profession, I was suddenly willing to leave it all in a heartbeat for something else. I was on the very edge. I didn’t want to give up so easily, however, I began to research what I was feeling in an attempt to save my love for my job.
Nurse burnout – The problem affecting nurses everywhere.
Burnout is categorized as physical, mental and emotional exhaustion, according to National Nurses United. In addition to signs of exhaustion, the person with burnout exhibits an increasingly negative attitude toward his or her job and sometimes their own personal value.
Nurses and other practitioners in the human services fields are at great risk of burnout and vital exhaustion in part due to the high-stress work environments, and the emotional demands of their jobs. With information, intention, and support you can assess your self-care practices, compassion fatigue, burnout, and vital exhaustion.
Dr. Rachel Remen, nuances our understanding with, “We burn out not because we don’t care but because we don’t grieve. We burn out because we’ve allowed our hearts to become so filled with loss that we have no room left to care.
With that being said what is the solution?
If you feel like you are affected by nurse burnout just like I was there may be a solution. As a Certified Advanced Holistic Nurse and Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse. I’ve experienced these symptoms first hand. Long hours, too many patients to keep up with and the bureaucracy of some of the hospital and care systems was truly overwhelming. Over the course of 40 years working in a variety of settings, I’ve come to understand that nurses have to care for themselves as much if not more, than they care for their patients. I’ve grown over these past few years.
I’ve learned to take time out of my morning for meditation, exercise, and reflection before I start what I know will be a busy day. During the day I know that taking time, even if it’s just a few extra seconds to linger while washing my hands in between patients can benefit both me and the person I’m caring for. I’ve learned to get enough rest, eat well, and enjoy my time off.
I now have greater clarity and focus for practical and useful solutions that enable me to provide better patient care. I am a better teammate and colleague at work and a more loving mom.
All of this came as the result of creating this program to help nurses like myself. I’ve worked with a number of mentors to hone this amazing program and I cannot wait to share it with any and everyone.
This VIP program is an excellent way to recover from or prevent burnout. Using our own nursing process, you can empower yourself with interventions that nourish your well-being. The program encourages relationships, mutual learning, and provides a variety of tools for self-care. Maybe you will want to share your discoveries, thereby empowering not only yourself but others.
Here’s how the program works:
Individualized Mentoring: Biweekly individual phone support, mentoring and guidance with instructor.
Self-Care:Your chosen self care tools are supported with weekly emailed readings and audio-visuals that stimulate reflection, inspiration and insights.
Virtual Community: 1.5 hour monthly group vitality circle- a place to come together for connection, support, and healing in community. (total 4.5 hours)
Wondering if you’re suffering from Burnout?
Click this link and answer these Questions to find out >: Is Burnout Affecting Me?
Developed from: PROQOL UPLOADS
RN’s and LPN’s who successfully complete the program can qualify for 39 CNE’s from the American Holistic Nurses Association which is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
“This class took me from intellectually knowing what to do about
burn-out to actually practicing better self-care. ”
– TR, VA Hospital, Asheville, NC
“Before, I was exhausted. I have redirected energies to take care of myself which allows me the energy and ability to care for others and to hopefully pass this along to co-workers, clients, family and friends.”
– SC, Pardee Hospital, Hendersonville, NC
” I am so grateful to have participated in the VIP program. Not only am I finding more ease in the hospital working on a medical surgical telemetry floor, I’m finally able to feel more of a balance in my personal life.”
– AL, Park Ridge Hospital, Hendersonville, NC
Owner and Creative Director, Padma Dyvine, is a Certified Advanced Holistic Nurse and Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse. Applying over 40 years working in a variety of settings, Padma inspires with loving support, nurses in all work settings to embrace their authenticity as they move forward in their careers finding balance in their personal and professional lives and organizations in their support of their most valuable asset, their nurses.