5 Common Causes of Nurse Burnout

5 Common Causes of Nurse Burnout

5 Common Causes of Nurse Burnout

The common causes of nurse burnout are rarely talked about these days. With the pandemic still rolling, nurses often go on with their lives. But the stress and burnout nurses feel are very real. The pandemic affects the work of nurses and the different factors that make their jobs extra challenging. 

The 5 Causes of Nurse Burnout

A nurse’s job is overwhelming and can be a toxic experience when the shifts are long. Of course, nurses are superheroes, and nothing seems to weigh them down. But there are plenty of other reasons why nurses are often exhausted at work. Here are common causes of nurse burnout:

#1. Stressful environment

Most nurses work in a stressful environment and often involve high-stress levels. Nurses who work in particular areas like the Emergency Rooms, Trauma Unit, or Intensive Care deal with traumatic injuries, combative patients, high mortality rates, and ethical dilemmas that put more strain on themselves. As a result, the burnout these nurses face is widespread. 

#2. Short Staff

The shortage of nurses is now a real problem in many hospitals. These days nurses handle more patients nurses than they can, and with the increasing number of Covid patients, it is more likely that nurses are understaffed. There is also an increase in retiring nurses, making it harder for new nurses to adjust to their roles. 

#3. Lack of Sleep

As a nurse, your job often involves working night shifts and long hours. Because of this, many nurses do not get enough sleep. And even if they do, it is not the best quality of sleep either. In a survey conducted by Kronos, 25% of nurses reported suffering from insomnia or chronic fatigue. 

#4. Lack of team support

One of the many reasons for nurse burnout is when team members do not cooperate. Poor teamwork caused by conflicts, lack of communication, and bullying can lead to poor execution of nursing care. It can also lead to a toxic work environment and medical errors if many nurses do not work together. 

#5. Emotional exhaustion

The main job of nurses includes patient care which is the most rewarding aspect of this profession. As a nurse, you form connections with patients and their families when you help and care for them. However, this could also lead to emotional distress for nurses, especially if they are in critical or end-of-life care. 

Nurses who take care of several patients at once can also lead to emotional exhaustion. And nurses who are taking care of more than four patients in one shift have higher risks of burning out and raising each patient’s chances by 23%. 

Other Reasons for Nurse Burnout

While the ones mentioned above are prevalent, there are also other reasons why some nurses are exhausted to the rim. Among these include:

  • Work overload and time pressures
  • Role conflicts and ambiguity
  • Career development issues
  • Being exposed to infectious diseases 
  • Needlestick injuries
  • Work-related threats and violence
  • Difficult patients

How to Know If You are a Burnout Nurse?

There are plenty of signs that you are already burnout as a nurse. While there are signs that you are experiencing total burnout, some nurses quickly dismiss it and continue working. If you are that nurse, then it’s time to sit back and take note of these burnout symptoms. 

Gets sick easily

One of the most common signs of burnout is when you get sick often. A weakened immune system can lead to many gastrointestinal issues, heart problems, and chronic pain. If you are not careful, these can easily manifest after contracting viruses. You also experience constipation, aches, and pains. 

Experiences compassion fatigue

People who become nurses are compassionate by nature. And nurses who often work with the sick and dying tend to lose their compassion after witnessing pain and suffering. Because of this, some nurses detach themselves from patients due to feelings of failure and cynicism toward their job. 

Chronic fatigue

Have you ever felt exhausted but cannot seem to get rid of it no matter how much you rest? Do you go to bed tired but still wake up feeling the same in the morning? It is a common sign of chronic fatigue. As a nurse, this condition is widespread. Extreme physical exhaustion, unable to catch up with sleep, and dozing off at hours when you should be awake are among the most common signs of this condition. It is often felt by nurses who work long hours on consistent shifts. 

Lack of enthusiasm 

When you were a new nurse, working seemed to be an exciting thing. However, as the years go on, this enthusiasm seems to fade. If you ever dread going to work and focus on going home whenever you are there, your confidence in this job is starting to die down. And that is not a good thing. Your lack of enthusiasm may lead to other issues at work.

Feelings of being unvalued

Work is part of a nurse’s life. But when you are overworked as a nurse, you may feel unappreciated and unvalued. And when this goes on for long, feelings of resentment and frustration can happen. This resentment could be towards their job, coworkers, and even their patients. It is not a good state of emotion for a nurse. If this is the case, the best step is to reach out to someone you can talk to about how you feel. You can either discuss this with your supervisor or a therapist to get the help you need.  

Overwhelming anxiety

To the general population, having anxiety is normal. It is also a part of our lives – to experience anxiety. However, when the stress becomes crippling, it can be an issue. Nurses who feel too pressured at work to the point that they cannot function normally can become a problem. Burnout can cause severe stress, which leads to insomnia or delays in daily activities. Nurses cannot give quality care when they are not feeling their best. 

Your Takeaway

These are the common reasons for nurse burnout and when you feel you are going way over than you can carry, take a pause and rest. Ask for sick leave or vacation leave. Take time off to take care of yourself. 

Keep in mind that nurses like you are human too. Do take time to recharge and refresh your mind and body. A few days off work will not hurt you. And remember, you must take care of yourself first before taking care of others. Make your health a priority above all else! 

 

EP 191: Nursing Negligence & HIPPA with Irnise Williams

EP 191: Nursing Negligence & HIPPA with Irnise Williams

Nursing Negligence & HIPPA with Irnise Williams

Nursing negligence is when a nurse fails to do or perform minimum nursing care within the standards of conduct, which results in loss or harm. It can also result from a failure of the nurse to perform their duties or when it is done incorrectly.

While this rarely happens, it is still something that all nurses must be aware of. The lives of our patients are in our hands, it is vital that we are always conscious and mindful of our job and duties as members of the healthcare team. 

Our Guest

In this episode, we would like to introduce you to Irnise Williams. Irnise is an experienced nurse and now an attorney. She has a vast amount of knowledge when it comes to healthcare law. Irnise has advocated for and trained thousands of healthcare providers to work within their scope of practice. She has also worked with over 100 businesses helping them operate and stay protected by creating systems, solutions, and success through her 5-step framework. 

QUESTIONS FOR GUESTS

The questions below are some we’d like to tackle. We often go off-topic, so we don’t expect to hit them all. If you have any ideas, please let us know.

Looking forward to our conversation!

These are the questions you had in Calendly. We’ll go off your questions and wherever else our conversation goes.

  1. Can you give us a background about yourself? 
  2. From a legal standpoint, what can nurses get in trouble for?
  3. What kind of cases do you see most that involve nurses, physicians, or any healthcare professionals?
  4. What is malpractice from a healthcare professional standpoint?
    • What is your experience with malpractice cases?
    • Should every nurse have malpractice insurance?
  5. Other than malpractice insurance, how should nurses protect their licenses?
  6. What Potential Legal Ramifications Do Nurses Face?
  7. What should you do as a healthcare professional to avoid getting sued?
  8. Have HIPPA laws changed at all?
    • How is social media use affected by HIPPA law in the workplace? 
    • Can we talk about nursing stories outside of the hospital setting? 
  9. What is the 66-day business Bootcamp you offer?

ENDING QUESTIONS

Before we end the show, we have one last question we like to ask all our guests. If you had the opportunity to have a Cup of coffee with anybody one last time, who would it be & why? 

Learn more about Nursing Negligence & HIPPA by watching the full episode here! 👇😎

TIMESTAMPS:

00:00 Introduction
01:50 About Irnise Williams
05:19 The reason why Irnise went to law school
07:30 Transitioning from being a nurse to running a law firm
11:31 What you should do to avoid getting into trouble
14:08 Things that nurses may be held accountable for in court
20:52 The difference between negligence and malpractice
22:46 HIPPA Violations
28:29 Information you shouldn’t post on social media
30:31 Can a healthcare provider sue a hospital
33:52 Does healthcare provider need malpractice insurance
35:06 Other services Irnise can provide
36:47 Legal tips for nursepreneurs
38:31 Responsibilities and liabilities of a travel agency
41:26 Wrapping up the show

4 Ways to Expand Your Nursing Career

4 Ways to Expand Your Nursing Career

4 Ways to Expand Your Nursing Career

You don’t have to work in a hospital or do bedside tasks to have a successful nursing or expand your nursing career. In fact, an article on ‘Lifelong Learning and Nurses’ Continuing Professional Development’ showed that nurses are becoming more interested in their professional development to update their skills and deliver better healthcare services. More importantly, these professional development opportunities allow nurses to acquire skills and knowledge that will help them get closer to their career goals.

Indeed, these professional development activities are important because they can widen your career horizons. The good news is that there are plenty of learning opportunities that nurses can take part in. So if you’re interested in advancing and expanding your career as a nurse, you should try doing the following strategies:

Involve yourself in research efforts

Nurse researchers design and implement studies, which is why they often start their careers as research assistants, clinical data coordinators, or clinical research monitors. To become a nurse researcher, you need to earn a master’s or even a doctorate degree before obtaining at least two years of experience in conducting clinical research. Once they have two years of full-time experience, they’ll need to get a research certification from The Society for Clinical Research Associates or The Association of Clinical Research Professionals.

This is one of the Career Alternatives for Nurses that have stricter qualifications because nurse researchers study diseases, treatments, and medications. These professionals often work in laboratories or universities where they learn and share new insights that could benefit the field of medicine.

Develop your soft skills to become a qualified leader

You can positively change the current organization you work for by becoming a nurse leader. Educational qualifications are not necessary for this role, but the American Nurses Association recommends that you develop your foundational leadership competencies to adapt to external pressures and crises. These competencies are primarily soft skills, such as good decision-making, team-building, diplomacy, and adaptability. These soft skills can be developed through experience, but you can also learn them through online courses or professional development classes.

Nurse leaders need these soft skills because they manage nursing teams and serve as knowledge resources in clinical settings. Nurse leaders also fulfill human resource and administrative functions, making it crucial to learn how to run a team with empathy and authority.

Earn a specialization to become a practitioner

If you want to work independently of healthcare organizations, one career path you can consider is becoming a nurse practitioner. Our article on the ‘Highest Paying Nursing Careers’ notes that you have to earn an additional Master of Science in Nursing degree or even pursue a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree to pursue this path. You must also obtain national certification and state APRN licensure to qualify as a nurse practitioner.

However, all that effort will be worth it because nurse practitioners earn a good salary. Aside from being a high-paying career path, there are remote opportunities for nurse practitioners in Iowa, Pennsylvania, and other states with nursing shortages. Through these opportunities, nurse practitioners can pursue specializations in pediatrics, behavioral health, and women’s health while enjoying the perks that come with working from home. Nurse practitioners can even provide care to patients throughout their lifespan, guaranteeing more career security.

Seek a mentor that can hone your entrepreneurial skills

You can also be your own boss by becoming a nurse entrepreneur. Nurse entrepreneurs simply need to complete their bachelor’s degree and pass the NCLEX-RN exam to run a qualified nurse business. However, researchers from Chicago and Maryland emphasize that nurse entrepreneurs can experience more tremendous success through formal and informal mentorship programs. Mentors can teach entrepreneurial skills and broaden the business network of nurses, which is why nurse entrepreneurs rank them as the most critical ingredient for success.

So if you’re aspiring to sell health products or services, you can find a business mentor by joining professional networking events or industry meetups. You can also join mentorship platforms like MentorCruise or Clarity to work with professionals who can develop your entrepreneurial skills.

You can expand your nursing career to new heights, especially if you’re willing to invest in your own skills development. Whether you plan to get formal or informal training, you can ensure that your new competencies and knowledge can greatly contribute to your new career path.

EP 190: How to Be a Successful Nursepreneur with Catie Harris

EP 190: How to Be a Successful Nursepreneur with Catie Harris

How to Be a Successful Nursepreneur with Catie Harris

Being a successful nursepreneur doesn’t happen overnight. As nurses, we can handle anything when it comes to our patients. But how about running a business? As I have mentioned, overnight success doesn’t happen right away. There are steps to that, but what are they? How can you become a successful nurse entrepreneur?

In this episode, we would like to introduce you to Catie Harris, a NursePreneur Mentor who has empowered thousands of nurses in business to monetize their knowledge and skills while inspiring them to change the way healthcare is perceived and delivered. She strives to undo the perception that nursing care is limited to the hospital setting. Through her intensive nurse business coaching program, Catie shows nurses around the world how their hard-earned knowledge and skills can transcend the hospital system into a profitable business.

QUESTIONS FOR GUESTS

The questions below are some we’d like to tackle. We often go off-topic, so we don’t expect to hit them all. If you have any ideas, please let us know.

Looking forward to our conversation!

These are the questions you had in Calendly. We’ll go off your questions and wherever else our conversation goes.

  1. Can you give us a background about yourself?
  2. What made you leave nursing and become an entrepreneur?
  3. Can you be both a nurse and an entrepreneur? 
    • Nursing gives you income stability which allows you to focus more on your business and not have to necessarily worry about the financials all the time. 
    • Most businesses take 2-3 years to see some income being generated.
  4. How can nurses dig beneath the surface of their careers to find passion, purpose & profit?
    • We often do not understand the power that we have as nurses. The difference we make individually extends far beyond the patient, student, or colleague whose life we change. Each of us has the power to create a ripple effect.
    • What is the origin of nursing purpose to getting into healthcare? Can we channel our purpose into other places?
  5. What are some business ideas that you’ve recently seen nurses participate in?

ENDING QUESTIONS

Before we end the show, we have one last question we like to ask all our guests.

If you had the opportunity to have a Cup of coffee with anybody one last time, who would it be & why? 

To learn more about being a successful nursepreneur, watch our full episode here 👇👇👇

TIME STAMPS:

00:00 Introduction
01:56 About Catie Harris
03:49 How has your purpose changed
04:35 Nursing traits that you can use in business
05:35 The pain points of starting a business
07:11 How passion started
09:45 Discovering your passion
12:31 How do you pass success to your clients
14:30 How to deal with not profitable
18:09 Successful nursepreneur businesses
21:18 How to look for the right people to work with
22:36 Hospital Leader vs Entrepreneur Leader
24:30 Overcoming imposter syndrome
25:50 Struggles of running a business
27:41 Big mindset shifts as an entrepreneur
29:34 Failures and motivations
31:49 Balancing work and life
33:42 Tips on starting a business
35:52 How to keep the business organized
39:00 Wrapping up the show

10 Best Jobs for Nursing Students in Need of Extra Income

10 Best Jobs for Nursing Students in Need of Extra Income

10 Best Jobs for Nursing Students in Need of Extra Income

Nursing students can get a job even while they are still studying. And in this post, we compiled the best jobs for nursing students. 

The pandemic has affected many nurses and health care facilities. Because of Covid-19, many hospitals are experiencing a shortage of nurses. Thankfully, nursing students help out with other jobs that hospitals need.

Why Should Nursing Students Get a Job?

Having a part-time job as a student nurse is helpful in your career. For one, it enhances your skills as a future nurse. It also allows you to work alongside actual healthcare workers and get first-hand experience on what it’s like to work like a pro. Your work experience is also valuable once you apply for nursing jobs in the future. So, what kind of jobs can you work for as a nursing student? Here are a few:

1. Phlebotomist

A phlebotomist is a person who draws blood from patients that need to be tested for donations or procedures. As a student nurse, you can work as one. Blood is collected from patients to be analyzed for illnesses, the effectiveness of medication dosage, and evaluate nutritional levels in the body. 

Nursing students can work in this position and gain valuable healthcare experience while interacting with patients. A phlebotomist can earn around $12.50 to $17.70 per hour, which is very helpful as a college student who wants extra spending money. 

2. Orderly

One of the best jobs for nursing students is being an orderly. An orderly is someone who helps sanitize various rooms and equipment used. They also provide help for patients who need wheelchairs and other equipment required for mobility.

An orderly also helps transport patients or escorts them to various treatment rooms like X-rays or wheel them in for surgeries. According to PayScale, orderlies make around $8.96 to $16.81 per hour if you want to work in a part-time position. 

3. Certified Nurse Assistant or CNA

Nurse assistants provide help for nurses during critical situations [1]. Usually, nurse assistants can work in healthcare facilities, camps, schools, hospitals, etc. Most of the time, this job involves working with young children and are often offered in pediatric facilities. Depending on their working facility,  CNAs can earn around $13.00 to $16.00 per hour. 

4. Home Health Aide

A home health aide is an essential job for nursing students interested in working as private nurses in the future. This job allows nursing students to work with patients within their homes and provide assistance. Usually, patients are disabled, injured, mentally or physically ill, and confined at home.

One of the main jobs for nursing students working in this position is to work with a nurse who supervises the patient’s care. Home health aides can help you hone your nursing skills, and you can earn around $9.00 to $12.00 per hour. 

5. Monitor Technician

As monitor techs, you get to work within the Intensive Care Unit and monitor patients’ heart rates. Your job is to watch for irregularities or patterns and alert the nurse or physician on duty. This job is an excellent opportunity for nursing students interested in cardiac care or planning to work as cardiac care nurses. Monitor technicians can make $16.00 to $20.00 per hour. 

6. Transporter

Another job that nursing students can apply for is being a transporter. A transporter gets to see the logistics involved in transporting patients from one part of the facility to another. To qualify, all you need are excellent communication skills, being personable, and being someone who enjoys interacting with patients receiving care. 

One of your primary responsibilities includes working with other nurses and physicians to help transport patients to their procedures or examinations. A transporter typically earns around $9.00 to $15.00 per hour, not bad if you are a student looking for part-time work. 

7. Hospital Clerical Worker

As a hospital clerical worker, your job is to work with different healthcare officials, patients, and healthcare providers. One of your jobs is to encode doctor’s orders in the electronic system, answer patient questions, answer phone calls, and provide other secretarial duties. A hospital clerical worker earns $11.00 to $19.00 per hour if you are interested in working as one. 

8. Caregivers

One of the best jobs nursing students can try being a caregiver. A caregiver is someone who assists patients who need a companion. Their job is to help patients go to their appointments, report changes in their condition, and assist with their medication and meals. And if you are interested in working as one, a caregiver can earn around $9.00 to $15.00 per hour, depending on the client. 

9. Dietitian Aide

Another exciting job for nursing students is being a dietitian aide. If you are interested in preparing meals for patients, this is an excellent way to learn about it.

Patient meals often come with physicians’ orders, and dietitians prepare them. Your job is to make sure that patients follow the guidelines as ordered by their doctors. Dietitian aides make about $8.00 to $12.00 per hour.

10. EMTs or Emergency Medical Technicians 

Nursing students seeking an exciting job can work as emergency medical technicians [2]. They are the first to respond to emergencies and evaluate and treat patients as they are transported to hospitals. Among your responsibilities include administering oxygen, CPR, or providing interventions to sick and injured people. As EMTs, you can earn around $16.80 to $21.00 per hour. 

Your Takeaway

Nurses and nursing students alike do not stop learning. There is always something new to do and situations to gather experience from. And if you are a nursing student, the chance of learning different skills from these jobs can help you. Now that you know what the best jobs for nursing students are choose the one you want to pursue. We hope that our list has helped. Good luck!