How to Avoid Nursing Burnout Part 3 of 5

How to Avoid Nursing Burnout Part 3 of 5

In this 5-part series, Caroline Porter Thomas of the nursing channel EmpoweRN talks to us about how to avoid nursing burnout. In Part 3, she talks to us about the importance of maintaining perspective.

How to Avoid Nursing Burnout Part 3 of 5

In this 5-part series, Caroline Porter Thomas of the nursing channel EmpoweRN talks to us about how to avoid nursing burnout. In Part 3, she talks to us about the importance of maintaining perspective.

  • Hi, Guys. Welcome back to Nursing.org. This is our third video in our Burnout series– well, How to Avoid Burnout series. In this video I wanted to share with you what my third tip was on how to avoid burnout. And that is really just to maintain perspective.

    The amount of emotionally difficult things that we can see, or have to deal with as a nurse is, or it can be, pretty overwhelming. I remember when I was a new nurse, though. One nurse told me– she said– I was having a rough day. I had a patient that was really critically ill, very young, and I was just emotionally feeling so bad for this person. And she told something that kind of stuck with me. And she was like, you know what, you have to remember that you didn’t put them in the hospital, and you didn’t make them sick. And, as simple as that sounded, it actually made me feel a lot better.

    When my first patient died, I kind of had to go through the same things. I kept running through my head what did I do, what did I miss, what could I have done. And ultimately, maintain the perspective that I am here for a very, very short period of my patient’s life, and a lot of events led up to them being here. It kind of helped me feel a little bit better, and it just helped me focus on what I needed to do. So ultimately, just looking at the big picture, and also the small picture of — OK, let’s focus in, and let me do the best job that I can right now. It’s definitely made me feel a lot better.

    So hopefully it’ll make you feel a lot better, as well, as you work as a nurse, or as you are in nursing school if you’re watching this. So anyway, we have a few more tips on how to avoid burnout, so stay tuned for those.

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