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Is Your Nursing Job Killing You?

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, April 9th, 2015

Stresses Nurse Work Life BalanceThe infographic Is Your Nursing Job Killing You tells a scary story…one that I have made my life’s mission to rewrite. It illustrates the perfect storm of physical and emotional tolls of the nursing profession, causing an epidemic of nurse burnout that will only be amplified by the nurse shortage (“More than 581,500 RN jobs will need to be filled through 2018.”). And what about the spiritual aspect of well-being? A nurse can only deliver to patients what she has inside, and nurses must be strong in mind, body AND spirit to administer the best patient care.

Does this infographic represent your facility? It’s time to care for our beloved caregivers. To learn how decrease the nurse shortage, increase nurse retention and nurse recruitment, and teach life-saving SelfCare tools, visit SelfCare for HealthCare.

2 responses to “Is Your Nursing Job Killing You?”

  1. Marilyn says:

    I have been a nursing director for many years and the job is becoming more and more stressful and difficult. Managers are expected to do more and more and if it takes 60 hours a week then so be it. “You work until the job is done”, is the mantra. You are on call 24/7 and if things get busy, you are expected to go in and help – it doesn’t matter that you have just worked 12 hours. We expect managers to work hours that we would never ask the bedside nurses to work because it is not safe. There is no extra compensation or comp time off, “it’s part of the job”.
    Senior leadership needs to pay attention as fewer people are going into management. I have always loved my job but it is becoming more and more difficult as time off to recharge my batteries, is becoming less. I believe burn out is alive and increasing.

    • LeAnn says:

      Marilyn,
      You are so right. I speak with hundreds of nurse leaders every year and this is a universal problem. Yet sometimes when I ask THEIR directors if working these unreasonable hours and being on call 24/7 is the expectation, the director says it is not, that the manager takes it on unnecessarily. Yet who, you ask, would do it if you didn’t, right?

      Last week a manager told me that, when she wakes up to go to the bathroom at 2:00 a.m., she checks her email! Obviously, we all have to draw the line somewhere!

      Since my mission in life is selfcare for healthcare givers, I think we need to have many and open discussions about this so we can turn the tide and expectations.

      Thanks Marilyn, for your insights.

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