Nurse burnout has been a major issue within the profession for almost as long as it has been a profession. This is due to the demanding nature of the work, which leads to several identifiable factors of burnout coming together. According to a paper archived at the NIH, nurses must learn how to handle job burnout as a matter of course because the major causes of burnout are a part of most nurses’ regular routine. Factors like loss of situational control are just a fact of life for medical professionals, and nurses feel it even more when they face additional pressure due to a physician shortage.
Strategies for Coping With Burnout
Nurses who successfully handle burnout consistently employ an identifiable pattern of coping mechanisms. Those who are looking to build a skill set that strengthens them against this challenge should learn how to adopt those methods:
- Assert situational control where possible in the professional sphere
- Seek help through spiritual coping
- Practice emotional self-control exercises
- Monitor situations to prevent problems
- Seek help when necessary
These processes lead to a lower incidence of nurse burnout because the combination of seeking help and focusing on prevention leads to fewer crises and better support during them. Learning how to encourage the development of processes that support these coping strategies can enhance a nursing team’s performance by defusing burnout.
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