Earlier in my career, my nurse manager told me I was exhibiting signs of burnout. I was offended.
When I was oriented as a new nurse almost 40 years ago, we were socialized to be self-sufficient about everything. Asking for help was frowned upon and work environments weren’t the friendliest.
My manager was forward-thinking in raising the issue of burnout with me at the time. When I thought more about it, I realized I was becoming cynical, which is a classic sign of burnout. I was fortunate enough to be able to change my schedule and add more work-life balance. For me, any activity that makes me lose track of time—like crafting or reading—helps re-charge my batteries.
Every manager should keep burnout on the radar. According to a national nursing engagement report released in April 2019 by PRC, of the more than 2,000 health care partners responding to the survey, 15.6% of nurses self-reported feelings of burnout, with emergency department nurses being at a higher risk.The Joint Commission issued a Quick Safety on developing resilience to combat nurse burnout (jointcommission.org/assets/1/23/Quick_Safety_Nurse_resilience_FINAL_7_16_191.PDF). It lists some . . .