Nurses; 7 interesting facts about burnout
I wanted to clear up some misconceptions about burnout with some interesting facts.
Burnout is a myth.
Having gone through it, I can tell you that is not true. ” There are some theories that burnout is related to resentment over our situations, which I can see to some degree, but what they fail to realize is burnout has a cumulative effect. According to Maslach Burnout Inventory, burnout is a three-dimensional syndrome composed of exhaustion, cynicism, and inefficacy.
You can go through burnout and still remain in your job.
For most it is a change of mindset; learning new boundaries, knowing how you use your energy to become more stress resilient and knowing what you want out of your job. There is an huge element in having “purpose” in what you do.
Burnout means you are weak or not good at your job.
NO. No. no. Totally not true. When you give your physical and emotional self to your job, you are a good worker. When you start to burnout you questions everything. Your ability to do your job, to be a good employ and you even question your character. Going through burnout is not a judgement on your ability to handle stress, it is on your ability to understand the demands of your time, commitment and how much you are physically and mentally able to give without loosing who you are.
A good vacation will cure your burnout.
No. A good vacations is awesome and our stress and burnout levels decrease, but unless your work through the process, the pre-vacation burnout can return rather quickly.
Burnout, Stress & Depression are the same.
Although burnout can lead to depression and increased stress, they are not the same. Burnout is a cumulative process that takes time over years. Stress is the bodies reaction to situations and overtime can lead to burnout. As for depression, some people have more anxiety during burnout while others feel drained, purposeless and exhausted. Depression can be caused by burnout.
If I just ignore it, it will go away.
Good luck with that! This is huge especially in the nursing arena as we tend not to be good at slowing down to take care of ourselves as we should.
Burnout sucks, but from a famous quote..“when you are going through hell…keep going.” Once you understand the ‘surrender’ to burnout, your perception will shift and you can then understand the “why” behind what is happening. Understanding this change is you is hard, but there is always a reason for it.
I can handle this alone.
Well, that is debatable. I tried and ended up not being able to keep a job down for over 2 years. Burnout can sometimes make our judgement hazy so don’t go it alone. For many having a “burnout buddy”, a confident, counselor, hypnotist can help, especially if you touch base with them on a routine schedule. Also working with a qualified burnout coach (shameless plug) can be extremely beneficial.
I am in the process of completing my book on nursing burnout. If you have had burnout and have got though it and would like to contribute to the book, E-mail me at MindfulLivingHypnosis@gmail.com for information and release form.