Hey, guys, my name is Caroline Porter Thomas, and I’m from the nursing YouTube channel, EmpoweRN. I’ve partnered with Nursing.org to bring you the five-part video series going over How to Avoid Nursing Burnout. This is the first video in the series. So let’s get started!
So the first thing that I try to tell nurses when they tell me that they’re feeling burned out is really just relax. Your feelings are completely normal. I’ve been a nurse for seven years. There’s been multiple times where I felt like I was completely burned out, didn’t want to go back in for another day, or just felt like nursing wasn’t the right thing for me. Feeling that way is really normal. We’re always going to have periods where we have really high levels of energy for everything that we’re doing and really low levels of energy. So hopefully though, as time goes on, you’ll figure out ways to not stay as down for very long.
So the first thing I like to do is I like to focus on the things that I really love about my job. So one thing that I really love about my job is really direct patient interactions. So sometimes I’ll just try to find that extra 30 seconds to sit down with my patient and talk to them at eye level. Or one of the other really nice things that I love to do is in a very nice, appropriate, and loving way touch my patient on the shoulder and let them know that I’m right outside if they need anything at all. Just those little personal touches can make you feel like you’re connected to your patients. And it brings me a lot of joy.
So another little thing that I like to do is I like to make sure that I’m exercising. So if I feel like I’ve been burned out for a little while, maybe I’m not putting enough time or energy into my body. So I’ll try to go for a quick run– maybe like a 15, 20-minute run– or go on the elliptical for 15, 20 minutes.Show Full Transcript
So another thing that I like to do is I like to read a book. It doesn’t really have to be related to nursing, but it can be. So some other miscellaneous things that I like to do– I like to just move. That could be cleaning my house. Yes, I do like to clean my house. It just makes me feel like I can feel grateful for everything that I have. Sometimes I also like to listen to beautiful music, especially when I’m walking into work. I feel like it sets the tone. And, I don’t know, when it’s really beautiful music, I just feel like the world is painted more beautiful. So if any of these things touch your heart in any way, you can feel free to steal from my list. Don’t worry.
The main takeaway point from this video is really just to relax. It’s not the end of the world if you feel like you’re burned out. You can go back to loving your job in a split second. It’s really that easy. It just means looking at things a different way. And so we all have the ability to do that in a split second. So I really hope that this video helped you out a lot.
Stay tuned because we have four more videos. So stay driven, stay positive, and come back to Nursing.org all the time. I’ll see you guys in the next video.