Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Guest Post: 5 Ways to Make Your Life as a Nurse Easier

5 Ways to Make Your Life as a Nurse Easier

It’s a profession that most people find daunting and challenging, which is why they choose to give it a miss. Not everyone is cut out to be a nurse because it involves long hours, grueling work, and a fair amount of emotional stress. But on the plus side, it’s a calling that warms your heart and makes you a better person. You see so much suffering and pain that you’re grateful for the healthy life that you and your family have, and you develop your kinder side because of your interaction with your patients. Even so, it’s a stressful job, and if you don’t make the effort to make your life easier, you’re likely to burn out. So here they are, a few tips on how you can make your life as a nurse easier and more relaxing:

· Leave the office behind when you go home: As a nurse, you see so much going on in hospitals and in the lives of patients. You’re busy running around tending to them and taking orders from and following the instructions given to you by doctors and administrators. In short, your life in the hospital as a nurse is far removed from normalcy. But when you turn in your uniform for street clothes at the end of the day, you must divest your job and climb into your own skin. Only then can you relax and refresh yourself for the new day to come.

· Learn to draw the line at the right spot when it comes to your patients: Most nurses struggle to maintain the right distance from their patients, especially those who stay for long periods of time in healthcare centers and hospitals. They become emotionally involved in their lives and take on their mental pain and suffering too. This makes each day an emotional rollercoaster for them, and by the time they’re through for the day, they’re drained both physically and mentally. In order to relax, you must learn to draw the line between empathy and deep involvement with your patients.

· Do your job wholeheartedly: Unless you love nursing with all your heart, you’re likely to end up resenting parts or the whole of your job and doing it only because you need the money. This makes it harder for you come into work every day and summon up the enthusiasm you need to do a good job. So if you don’t love and enjoy nursing, it’s time to look for a new profession.

· Be aware of what you’re getting into when you become ambitious: If you decide to pursue a graduate degree and advance your career, you must be aware that with the promotion and raise, you’re also going to be getting additional responsibility. This may mean more demanding work, longer hours, and much more stress. So unless you’re prepared for all this, it’s best not to look for professional advancement.

· Spend time with your family and friends: And finally, it’s imperative that you spend enough time with loved ones. Family and friends make you feel loved and rejuvenate your tired and sometimes disillusioned soul and make it easier for you to go back to the hospital and deal with the sick and the infirm on a day-to-day basis.


This guest post is contributed by Maryanne Osberg, who writes on the topic of RN to MSN Online Programs . She can be reached at mary.anne579(AT)gmail(DOT)com.

1 comment:

NP Odyssey said...

I believe when she says nurses are likely to burn out if they keep doing the same hospital work for many years. I've seen it many times and it has happened to me, that is why I'm pursuing my master.

But hospital RN's out here in the San Francisco Bay area earn more than Nurse Practitioners, so you really better want to change and not be doing in for the money.