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 question about what surprised nurses most about nursing once they’d been working in the profession for a while. One nurse responded saying it was hard to have a life outside of work:
“I think what surprised me most was how much time I spent “working” in addition to my 12 hour shifts. Energetically taking work home with me, attending classes and trainings, and worrying about my next shift. I remember leaving after a bad day and then having dreams about it all night long only to awake and return for another 12 hours although I felt like I had never left.”
Sounds like work-life balance is impossible! Well, to be a nurse that is able to provide safe, effective, and quality care for our patients- we need to recharge. The old metaphor certainly rings true:
[Tweet “”You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” –Eleanor Brown”]
So let me ask you this, nurses- do you have a life outside of work? If so, what does it look like? If not, what can you do about it?
In today’s video blog, I share three ways you can begin to enjoy work life balance as a busy nurse. After watching, what additional tip would you add to this list?
About the Author: As a keynote speaker, bestselling author and virtual conference host, Elizabeth partners with hospitals, organizations, associations, and nursing groups to help transform the field of nursing from the inside out. In her bestselling book, ‘Nursing from Within‘, Elizabeth supports nurses to make those inner shifts that are required to more fully enjoy our nursing careers.