August 14, 2009, Newsletter Issue #170: Break Free of Burnout and Revitalize Your Career!

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Nursing is hard work and it takes a toll on you physically and emotionally. Burnout is a constant threat as it hurts not only you but also your patients, family and associates. Could you already be suffering from burnout? Here are a few common signs and symptoms:

Difficulty sleepingFatigue and exhaustionGastrointestinal problemsHeadachesIncreased vulnerability to illnesses, such as colds and fluAnxietyDepressionGuiltIrritabilityCallousnessPessimismSubstance abuseAbsenteeismMisuse of work breaksTardinessDehumanization of patientsReduced communication with colleagues or patientsWithdrawal from colleagues or patients One of the best ways to revitalize your career and regain control of burnout is to enhance your education by taking nursing courses online. They are convenient, flexible and offer an unprecedented opportunity to focus on a different specialization or move into a supervisory capacity. Perhaps you would even enjoy becoming a nurse practitioner or working with an entirely new population. The choices are wide open for experienced and skilled nursing professionals. Donít allow burnout to ruin your life and career. Instead, invest in yourself and regain the enthusiasm for a career you love!

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