Your alarm is going off. You wake up and realize you have work today. As you are getting up, anxiety starts settling in. You start to think of all the reasons why you shouldn’t go to work today. You think of your last shift, and realize that the stress was way too much to bear. You want to call out but know you shouldn’t because your co-workers rely on you. You finally get ready and start driving to work. You truly hope that today will be a good day. As soon as you enter work, you find out you are three nurses short meaning each nurse will have to pick up a few extra patients. While at work, you have a heavy assignment. You have many critical patients. You also have many concerned family members that need things done NOW! Doctors are calling you to tell you that they need orders placed, or tasks completed. You feel overloaded and just don’t know what to do first. You try to prioritize but are getting pulled in every direction. You finally manage to get yourself through your shift, only to realize that in the past 12 hours you have not eaten or drank any water. You are giving report and stay late to finish the charting you couldn’t complete throughout your shift. You finally make it home and get yourself ready for bed because in less than 12 hours, you have to be back to work.
If this sounds like your typical day as a nurse, you are not alone. Many nurses everyday seem to feel anxiety before, during, or after work. They feel overloaded on their assignments and are not able to take care of themselves as they should. They feel it is hard to talk to their family about their day because their family feels it’s like any other job. So, they push through, telling themselves, “It will get better soon.” Soon to realize, that their stress has built up and has been brought into their personal lives. This is how the nursing burnouts begin.
Here are several factors that can contribute to a nursing burnout
So what do you think? Are Nursing Burnouts real? How do you cope with stress at work? What can we do to assist with avoiding nursing burnouts?