We’ve been doing some research lately about burnout and how it affects nurses. Many nurses today have been working harder and taking extra shifts for various reasons but mainly due to the economy. While all this hard work and overtime can help a family stay afloat, one cannot keep up that pace forever. It’s this pace that unfortunately can lead to burnout.
The economy has placed a lot of stress on facilities as well as families. Facilities/hospitals have not been hiring as they watch their bottom lines closely and are utilizing their perm staff rather than travel nurses to fill extra shifts. The perm staff nurses have been eager to fill the extra shifts where in many cases their spouses may be dealing with a recent layoff from their job. Of course, you can see where this situation can lead: burnout.
Here are some signs to be aware of for yourself and your co-workers. If you can catch the warning signs that burnout present, you’ll be able to “right the ship” and get back to enjoying your work:
- Overwhelming exhaustion
- Persistent sense of fatigue
- Digestive problems (e.g., diarrhea, upset stomach)
- Loss of appetite
- Sudded weight loss or gain
- Inability to concentrate
- Sense of isolation
- Looking for excuses to not go to work
If you begin to notice these symtpoms in yourself or others, take them seriously. They could be warning signs of burnout.