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How to Beat Burnout: 7 Signs Healthcare Professionals Should Look Out For


Imagine a health-care system in which the healthcare professionals are so ate up and beaten down that most of them work like zoombies. This predisposes the healthcare professionals to be error-prone and apathetic toward patients. Many of the affected professionals try to blunt their own pain and misery with alcohol or even suicide attempts. Burnout has become a real issue that has to be dealt with among healthcare professionals. In this article, seven signs to look out for in your quest to beat burnout are shared.

An exceptionally Chaotic practice

Taking a quick glance around your area of practice will give you an idea if you or your colleagues are at a risk of caving in to stress.

People tend to believe that is is the patient that always stresses a medical professional, but actually, it is the opposite.

Medical professionals are motivated by caring for patients. Caring for patients in a high-stress environment is what burns them out. You may need to change the environment if you want to change the overal quality of care.

High stress tolerance

Among the primary predictors of burnout among medical professionals, stress ranks as number one. As a medical professional, please do not ignore stress, even if you can take it.

If you consistently operate under high stress you risk experiencing burnout.

Disagreeing with your boss’ values or leadership

This one operates sublty and might be difficult to identify, but it is of necessity to prevent  burnout.

Whether working in a private or public facility, it is important that you feel as if the people leading you also share your values for medicine and patient care. Otherwise, your motivation will slowly decline.

A consistent clashing between your job and family events

Having quality time with your loved ones will help you perform better as a medical professional.

If you don’t find time to attend family events, you may end up thinking about them during the day at the expense of giving adequate attention to the patient.

Work-life interference is cited as one of the most common signals of burnout among medical professionals.

Lacking control over your work schedule and free time

When demands from workplace increase, but command over your schedule does not, stress may kick in and spark burnout.

If you are working a standardized set of hours each work, negotiate with your boss to customize your schedules to flexibly fit changes or needs in your daily life.

Neglecting self-care

As a medical professional, one of your pillars may be to be altruistic. One of the keys to altruism is self-care.

A consistent and continual neglect of self may spill over to you neglecting your patients as well.

You are the emotional buffer

Your interaction with patients require more than your medical expertise.

Most of the time, medical professionals, moreso doctors and nurses, act as emotional buffers to the patient. They will buffer the patient from their own stressful environment until they can’t take in anymore.

As a medical professional who is interested in patients’ well being, it is good to know your limits. A ‘sick’ medical professional will not deliver their services effectively.


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