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The Final Two Nursing Burnout Causes

The Final 2 Nursing Burnout Causes from Stop Nurse Burnout For the past two posts, we have been reviewing the 5 nursing burnout causes. You can access the other three causes by checking out these posts below: What Are the Causes of Nursing Burnout? Nurse Burnout...

What Are the Causes of Nursing Burnout?

Causes of Nursing Burnout: What Are They? When I first started working with nurses, I thought the question of what are the causes of nursing burnout had a simple answer. I thought of it like a third grade math equation: Too much stress on the job and not enough...

Why Workarounds in Nursing Don’t Work!

Workarounds in Nursing Don't Work! If you are a nurse, you know exactly what I mean by nursing workarounds. But let's assume that maybe you have not yet heard the term and need a specific example. In the video below, I share an example related to getting a medication...

Fighting Nursing Student Burnout

Fighting Nursing Student Burnout The most important person you care for as a nurse is yourself. Those called to healthcare often have the drive to give, to empathize, and to care for others. Given all that, it’s easy to forget about self-care as you plunge into a...

Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda in Nursing

New Year. New Nurse. New You. Yup, it's that time of year again. Holiday seasons are upon us and just around the corner is the new year. The fresh start. A time to reflect on the past and set goals for the future. Don't let this next year continue on with the coulda,...

Nurses, Envision the Solution to Your Problems

Nurses, Envision the Solution to Your Problems As nurses, we have many opportunities to fix problems. In fact, situations arise on close to a daily basis where we as the nurse must go into problem solving mode. While this is wonderful and we as nurses take pride in...

Nurses, You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

That Scary Moment As a new nurse entrepreneur, (before I even knew what that term was, actually) I attended a workshop with a business coach. At the time, I had no idea of even what I might learn at this workshop or who I might meet. (Yes, I like to do things...

5 Things I Will Always Be Grateful For In Nursing

A Normal Coping Mechanism Let's talk about fight or flight briefly. A normal reaction that is ingrained in all of us... As a way to continue the human species and be on the lookout for danger, our brains have evolved over time to overestimate threats, underestimate...

Insanity of Nursing Burnout: How to Break the Cycle

Nursing Burnout: A Relationship to the Definition of Insanity? By now, many of us have heard of Einstein's insanity quote. Albert Einstein said "The definition of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result." Is nursing burnout any...

What to Do When You Get Yelled At (in Nursing)

What to Do When You Get Yelled At Sure, the title of this post includes "in nursing", however this content could really go for anyone. Because no one likes to get yelled at, right? I mean... as a child, I absolutely cowered in fear when I was yelled at by my father....

Nurse Burnout is Good for You

Nurse Burnout is Good for You That's right. I said that. Burnout is good for you. In the post below, I will share with you how and why. First, I want to remind nurses reading that this is another in the nurse burnout blog post series. In the earlier part of this year,...

Nurses, It’s Time to Work Hard… Play Harder!

Nurses, It's Time to Work Hard... Play Harder! A well-rounded nurse knows that nursing is not all work and no play. That's right. A nurse who thrives in his or her nursing career knows a secret. What's that. you might wonder... Well, this week's video will give you:...

Apply Nursing from Within™ to Your Nursing Career

Apply Nursing from Within™ to Your Nursing Career I received an email from a nurse, asking me for help. Now, I will share parts of the note below, but due to its length and the fact that I aim to protect the identify of anyone reaching out to me for help... I won't...

You Know You’re a Nurse When…

  Sure, this blog is often about nurse burnout and provides strategies to help nurses enjoy their nursing careers. But once in awhile you gotta let loose and enjoy yourself. Practice work-life balance in action! So that's what we're going to do with this post today....

How to Deal with Negativity at the Nurses Station

How to Deal with Negativity at the Nurses Station The nurses station. A breeding ground, metaphorically speaking, for negative nurses. From personal experience... When I worked as an inpatient psych nurse, I would literally LEAVE the nurses station. I would...

Nurses and The Weird Things We Do!

Nurses Do Weird Things I imagine anyone who knows you, knows that as a nurse, you do some weird things. I mean, let's be honest. How many of you love to go home and just gross your family out with a story from the workplace? Don't be shy! I know that each and every...

Do Nurses Ask for Help?

Do nurses ask for help?  In my experience, not so much. What tends to happen is the following... Charge Nurse: "Jane, do you need anything? How are you doing?" Jane: "Fine. Nope, I am all good." (While Jane may be silently drowning and desperately in need of help) Why...

As a Nurse, What Achievement Are You Most Proud Of?

Nursing Achievements Nursing can be a very challenging profession to work in. I often hear from nurses who are contemplating or on the verge of quitting nursing altogether. Gosh, with the staffing ratios, workplace violence, nurse burnout, and so much more... it...

Stress, Stigma, and Burnout in Nursing

As a nurse, have you experienced the stress and stigma related to burnout in nursing? A few months ago, I wrote a blog post entitled “The Way We Think About Nurse Burnout is Broken”. I went on to list ten ways that burnout is approached in a broken way. One of the...

Help! I Am Sick of My Nursing Career…

Sick of your nursing career? We may all find ourselves in a career rut from time-to-time. Maybe we are bored at our current job. Or we are frustrated with our work load so we dread going into work. What can we do? Today's video will teach you about nursing career...

Top 5 Skills Every Nurse Should Develop Quickly

What are the top five skills that every nurse should develop? Nope! Not those. I imagine many of you reading automatically think about the clinical skills it takes to become a professional nurse. While clinical skills are important, they vary from specialty to...

Why Don’t We Think (Or Talk) About Nurse Burnout?

Nurse burnout is not discussed. There, I said it. A bit of personal experience related to this- I asked my virtual assistant (VA) to perform a search. As a nurse blogger, I want to be sure that my blog is getting found and read by nurses and nursing students. So, I...

Nursing Goals: Steps to Healthy Nurse Success

A while back in the Your Next Shift Facebook community, a nurse shared her weekly goal. She said that when she started in on her next nursing schedule, she would begin to cut back on her hours at work. Good goal, but vague. And likely far off in time... I challenged...

5 Myths about Nursing

Nursing Myths Since the profession has basically been around since the beginning of time, there are many myths about nursing.  Before we get into some of them- really fun myths, I might add- I had to look up the definition, for myself so that I could really understand...

The Alchemy of Self Care

Guest Post by Padma Dyvine One day a friend of mine used the word alchemy and I was catapulted into contemplating the topic and its reality in life today. The feelings and concepts of mystery and transformation tickled my senses, stimulated my imagination and...

5 Tools that will Save Every Nurse Time

When a nurse signs up for my e-zine, they get asked a quick question. “What is the number one thing getting in the way of your nursing career?” Nine out of ten people response: “No time.” Nurses have a ton to do at work. Whether they practice in the hospital setting...

The Way We Think About Nurse Burnout is Broken

Nurse Burnout is Broken: The Way We Think About It is Broken. There are several things wrong with the way we think about nurse burnout. This is troubling for several reasons. If we do not have a clear understanding about burnout, then we cannot help nurses who may be...

Made a Mistake as a Nurse? Now What!?!

As nurses, we all make mistakes. Though we try our very best not to... it is inevitable that a mistake may happen. Rather than do what we may want to do (which is run under a rock and hide), here are three tips to help you with a nursing mistake: Let’s hear from you!...

A Skill Every Nurse Should Have… And Why

Nursing students are taught certain skills during clinical rotations. New graduate nurses, upon entering orientation, enter nurse residency programs and preceptorships that teach them even more nursing skills. As nurses, we get a ton- I would dare to say- an...

Proven Strategies that Improve Resiliency

Around the world, nurses are challenged with burnout. In response to nursing burnout, organizations that seek to find and implement strategies that improve resiliency, have found that this is not always so easy to do. Nurse burnout is a difficult issue, mainly because...

3 Things to Never Do with a Burned Out Nurse

Don't Do This with a Burned Out Nurse. Nurse burnout. A tricky subject. Why? Sometimes the very nurse experiencing the burnout does not know that they are! Historically, burnout has not been discussed in nursing schools or during nursing orientation. I imagine that we...

5 Habits Every Nurse Should Develop

Nurses pick up things on the job. There are habits that nurses learn from other nurses that can be good. And then there are habits nurses develop that are not so good. While we as nurses do learn from our educators, during our clinical rotations and in nursing...

New Year. New You. Setting & Reaching Nursing Goals.

New Year. New You. Happy New Year to everyone here reading! Gosh, another year is about to start. This can mean so many things for nurses and nursing students. A chance to reflect. The first thing I like to do when starting out with something new- is to look at how...

RE: Invention

Guest Post by Debra James I don't know about you, but I had this nursing thing all worked out. I'd put in my 3 years med-surge, then move on to my love of geriatric Alzheimer's/dementia patients. I'd become the pre-eminent nursing expert for quality dementia care, I'd...

How to Keep Your Nurses Happy

Happy Nurses = Happy Patients. So, before I start off on the content of this post... let me point out that this post is for any nurse. Sure, the title may make it sound like I am speaking only to nurse managers, nursing supervisors, or nurses in leadership positions....

3 Reasons Why Nurses Should Embrace Burnout

Embrace Burnout? What are you nuts? You must be thinking, "Hey, Elizabeth. I thought that burnout was something that was bad for us! I thought that it was burning out was something we wanted to avoid. What the heck are you talking about?" It is true. Nurse burnout can...

How to Prevent Burnout in Nursing

Nurse Burnout is Real

So I am sure that many of you reading are quite aware of something called burnout. Well, duh. And then, even further, you probably are raising your hand saying, “Yes, I have had burnout”.

The more I study nurse burnout and the causes of it… the more I realize it is actually larger than we think.

It is about more than physical illness or experiencing stress. In fact, physical ailments may actually be burnout talking to you, asking you to wake up!

The 4 Reasons Most Nurses Fail

Nurses Are Rock Stars That’s right I said it. And you probably already think it. Nurses do GREAT work. All of the time. In every way. So why the title of this post? Even nurses who begin a nursing career with the best intentions experience nurse burnout. They get...

Want to Enjoy Nursing? Start Your Day Like This

A Day in the Life of a Nurse I recently wrote a blog post highlighting just how different the start of a nursing shift can be. In that article, I pointed out how mindset can impact the flow of your work day. Focus on the negatives and you get more of them. Or pay...

The Negativity You Should be Focusing On

Negativity in Nursing Last month I published an article about negativity in nursing. I articulated how there is a lot of social media posts that shed negative light on the nursing profession. And how I was fed up with it! Well, I must admit there is something good...

Do Nurses really have their s*** together?

Guest Post by Taylor Nix, BSN, RN As nurses and healthcare providers we get so consumed in caring for others that we often forget or lack the time to care for ourselves. Trust me, I know because I have been guilty of this to the point where I began to question my own...

How to Decide When to Quit Nursing

Nursing is Tough Work Nursing is one of the most difficult professions. Inpatient emergency, oncology, and critical care nurses have been studied and are found to be at high risk for compassion fatigue and nurse burnout (Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 2016)....

Why Negativity Continues to Exist in Nursing

Negativity in Nursing OK. I am about to give up! On Instagram, I follow all of these nursing brands. And I have about had it. Now, I know it is meant to be nursing humor and all, but come on. Haven't we seen enough photo shopped images of people complaining about...

Top Three Mistakes that Stress Nurses Out

Guest Post by Lisbeth Overton I’d like to share three oversights that I have noticed and that people share with me in my coaching practice that contribute to chronic stress and less than stellar health. I will also share simple ways to address each issue starting...

Can a Nurse Refuse to Care for a Patient?

A Nurse's Experience Recently I received an email from a nurse about an unsettling phenomenon- nurses refusing to care for patients. Here is some of that email, with specific details omitted to preserve confidentiality. When I was a nurse intern, I worked with a group...

What They Didn’t Teach Us in Nursing School

Think back to nursing school. (No matter how far that was for you, smile.) What course was missing from the nursing curriculum? What class did you wish that the nursing faculty taught? When you think about it now, having worked as a nurse, what makes you say: “Gosh, I...

The Best Way to Avoiding Burnout Early

The Best Way to Avoiding Burnout Early Does nursing school teach nursing students about avoiding burnout? In theory maybe, however in actual real world experience… most likely not. Nurse burnout as a topic may be introduced in academic settings- it actually may be...

Why Incivility Still Exists in Nursing

Nurses experience a wide range of workplace environments. From supportive to violent, a nurse may never know what to expect in their nursing career. How can the most compassionate people on the planet (nurses), treat each other in such an uncivil way? Colleagues of...

5 Steps for Optimizing New Graduate Nurse Performance

Whether you graduate right out of college or find yourself in a second (or third) career- being a new graduate nurse can be tough. You made it through nursing school, yet now you are thrown into the ‘real world’ of healthcare… which can be scary stuff! As experienced...

4 Qualities You Really Need in a Nurse

Of course nurses need to be caring, kind, and compassionate. A nurse also needs to be a good listener, problem solver, and educator. Yet so often when we hear the term 'nurse', we think of a middle-aged woman, working in a hospital, in some type of scrub uniform....

Unhappy Nurses = Miserable Patients

We've all heard the saying: [Tweet "Happy Nurses Make Happy Patients"] It makes total sense that this is true. Nurses, especially in the hospital setting, are with the patient around-the-clock. When the patient wakes up, guess who they see? The nurse. When they are...

How to Have a Life Outside of Nursing

I don't know about you, but nursing is a busy career. Working 12 hour (OK, let's be honest... who gets out in twelve hours anymore?) shifts, taking calls at home, covering short staffing... I mean the list goes on and on (and on). In fact, a few months ago I asked a...

Why Choose Nursing as a Career?

As potential nursing students take time this summer to decide whether or not a nursing career is for them... I thought that we'd utilize this week's blog space to help them out. While this blog could be aimed specifically at young men and women who are considering the...

My Nursing Unit is Unsafe! What Does a Nurse Do?

June is National Patient Safety Month and nurses are a captive audience when it comes to safety measures in the workplace. When a nurse feels that there nursing unit is unsafe, they can be compelled to DO something about it. It is crucial that we set up systems and...

Will Adding More Staff Reduce Nursing Stress?

Nurses experience the stress of their nursing careers in a variety of ways. Some nurses find they take work home with them, unable to think about anything else after their shift is over. Others note their emotions are all over the place: one day happy, the next sad,...

Happy Nurse’s Week!

Nurse's Week is upon us. First off, I want to wish each and every nursing student, new to experienced nurse, and even retired nurses a very warm and wonderful Nurse's Week to you. You ought to be extremely proud to be in this profession of nursing. I know I sure am!...

Resilient Nurses Don’t Do This

Nurse Cathy was sitting in the break room early one Saturday, waiting for report. She got to work extra early since this was her weekend to round with the weekend attending. She wanted time to review the charts, check in with the night shift staff, and get something...

Feeling Fatigued? Strategies for Nurse Resilience

Nurse burnout affects the whole person. Physically, mentally, emotionally, and energetically the nurse can be depleted from the long hours, heavy workload, and taxing environment. Unsurprisingly, The Bureau of Labor Statistics ranked nurses fifth of all occupations in...

Giving New Nurse Graduates Tips for Retention

Nurse leaders are often challenged with retaining quality nursing staff. In fact, national turnover rates are on the rise. In 2015 the bedside RN turnover rate increased to, 16.4%, up from 11.2% in 2011 (2015 National Healthcare Retention & RN Staffing Report). It's...

Four Ways to Build Respect for Nurses Today!

Guest Post by Beth Boynton Nurses are very smart professionals who provide highly skilled service and navigate complex workplace dynamics.  Nursing school is tough to get into and the academic and clinical demands are extraordinarily rigorous. The public ranks us as...

Resiliency Strategies for the Nursing Community

In healthcare we often operate within certain structures. For example, we are employed overall by an organization. Within that institution, we may find ourselves working in a department of nursing. Each department often houses many nursing units. And then nursing...

Appreciate Nursing. Appreciate the Nurse.

Last month, I was on a call with a business owner. This man, while telling me about his company, started talking about nurses and the nursing profession. Now, he warned me first with saying, 'You know, I'm not a nurse', but then went on to adamantly talk about...

Is a Nursing Career Change in Your Future?

The profession of nursing has often been described by a whole host of adjectives, ranging all over the spectrum of like-ability. Nurses call nursing words like tough, rewarding, hard, energizing, exciting, or exhausting. When asked, a nurse may say that they enjoy the...

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