Updated: Aug 25, 2021
As you’re reading this you may be thinking…great, another nurse burnout story 🙄. Perhaps you’re suffering yourself with it or you are seeing a growing trend in the nurisng community about it. For me, I never thought in a million years I would be “that “ nurse who suffered from all things burnout. From sleepless days ( or nights) depending on your shift, to feeling like your cup is completely empty and you struggle to even be mentally present at the bedside. It’s the elephant in the room that no one seems to talk about at work but we all are talking about it online. Burnout snucknup on me...I was able to escape the sufferings through travel nursing which came to a skreetching halt (thank you Covid 🙄). Now I was forced to identify my thoughts and feelings…when I no longer could escape to Europe or Africa and beyond, indulging in Other cultures, I had to face the elephant head on. I tossed and turned at night, trying to figure out how to cope. I would be irritated at work, I no longer had my spark that kept me smiling even in the toughest moments. I realized I was no longer happy with my once beloved career As a nurse, I was devastated. I finally sought help from a professional and soon I found myself rediscovered again. Would I say I’m cured..no, however I have found new resilience and I was able to find something that gave me passion and drive once again, much like nursing had for so many years. I followed my passion mixed with entrepreneurship and started NurseRX. I found a way to reinvigorate my love for humans and the core of my soul which is to educate, inspire and nurture. I continue to struggle with nurse burnout when I’m at the bedside, but I’m on a mission to create a better environment for the future of nurisng.