Quote from ghanchett
Are there any good tips out there to prevent compassion fatigue? I love my nursing job but I'm finding that the field I'm in lends itself to a higher rate of burnout and compassion fatigue. I'm wanting to avoid this.
Yes. You have to do the one thing that most of us can't, or won't do, and that is to put yourself first.
That means striving continually to achieve a work-life balance that allows you to exist away from the job, fully apart from the job.
It also means saying No to extra shifts, setting aside time for your real life and using it to have fun, learn new things, enjoy your family, volunteer for projects at your church or club.......IOW, live like a normal human being, not an automaton that functions on coffee and stale bagels.
Now, I'm probably the last person on earth who should advise you, because I've lived, eaten, and breathed this job for the last sixteen years and I'm about tapped out myself. But if I had it to do over again.....sigh........