Combined stressors can trigger compassion fatigue and even lead to depression, nurse burnout and suicidal thoughts. Nurses are there to help others, but what happens when our nurses need help?
Think back to your first job as a registered nurse. Were you prepared for the realities of nursing? Or were you, like so many others, hit by “reality shock” when you learned what being a nurse actually meant?
As a nurse leader, one of the most pernicious problems you face is nurse burnout. This condition may not be apparent on the surface, as your staff may appear to be conducting their day-to-day activities adequately and competently.
To provide patient-centered care, healthcare professionals must comfort and reassure patients at every step of the way. There are three things you can instruct your staff to do to ensure patients feel supported.
Albert Einstein once said, “The leader is one who, out of the clutter, brings simplicity … out of discord, harmony … and out of difficulty, opportunity.” And likewise, a leader brings attentiveness.
You’ve done the work of hiring skilled nurses and ensuring nursing core competencies are being met. But there’s a looming problem in the nursing world: shortage.
CNOs and other nurse leaders must ensure adequate training for new nurse hires to thrive and contribute to the success of the organization.