Are nurses on your team burning out?
(How can you reverse burnout – and help people love their work again?)
Here’s the scenario – a new nurse comes up to you in the hall and says, “You know what? I absolutely love my job. I can’t wait to come to work.”
And you think, “I wonder if you’ll be saying the same thing after a year.”
You hope so. But, you’re doubtful.
And as they walk away, you ask yourself, “How can I protect this new nurse from the burnout that infects so many of my colleagues and team members?”
Because before nurses burnout – there are signs
Before they burnout, nurses work harder and run faster. They push themselves. And give and give.
But, at a certain point, nurses shut down. They close up their hearts and mentally withdraw – to protect themselves from being completely overwhelmed.
How often have you seen this? Or felt it yourself?
It’s just like a machine that is overheating
Rather, than burnout all its circuits – the machine is programmed to shut down. It’s an act of self-protection.
The same is true for nurses. Instead of going into total burnout – they shut down.
But, nurses don’t want to shut down
Nurses don’t want to be cynical and negative. They want to do good work and make a difference for patients, everyday. So, for nurses, shutting down is a last resort. It’s a desperate act of self-protection.
When nurses don’t know how to keep the love of their work alive without burning-out – they shut down to protect themselves
From the outside it looks like they don’t care or that they’re angry. In fact, they care deeply. And, they are struggling to keep their sense of calling – their love of nursing – alive. They want to be like that new nurse – who loves coming to work. What can you do to help?
This site is a place where you can to learn how to stop burnout from infecting your team, yourself, and your organization.
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