What could I expect to see in myself or others if burnout was just starting; and, what could be done to prevent it? I seems so hard to disguish between being just plain exhausted from overwork in an understaffed/underequipped environment
. With 1/2 the staff already fully burnt and miserable to work with
, I do not want to become like them. What can I do other than finding a new job???
The 40+ bed ED (Level 1 Trauma center) where I work has just announced budget cuts which include mandatory go-home for the per diem nurses, aides and housekeeping staff, no more overtime, no new equipment (we already fight over the 2 working dynamap machines, 3 working monitored floor beds, 2 pulse ox and 4 thermometers). Feels like third world nursing already---now, nurses are turning on each other in order to make sure someone other than themselves are canned if the cuts go further. I'm just plain too tired to look for another postion right now and want to avoid burning out. Can anyone offer some advise on how to detach myself from what is going on around me?
Feb 10, '07
My Hubby, who is an engineer, had a workshop on this subject. The person giving the workshop said "You know you are burntout when you want to go on vaction from your job for 20+ years and never want to come back". However she said that there was a way to recover from being burntout but I can't remember.
Last edit by BouBou on Feb 10, '07