How to Prevent Nurse Burnout

As many as 34 percent of hospital nurses and 37 percent of nursing home nurses report feeling burned out. Burnout for nurse aides and CNAs is also very high, leading to turnover of around 43 percent. For someone that works in the healthcare industry, its important to take the steps to prevent burnout before you start suffering its effects such as chronic fatigue, feeling of apathy, physical illness, etc. We’ve compiled some of the most effective ways for eliminating nurse burnout, that you can implement into your everyday routine.

Prevent Nurse Burnout
Prevent Nurse Burnout

Speak Up

In nursing, there is a lot of pressure to pick up extra shifts or to work additional hours. From time to time, this is okay. What’s wrong with a little extra money in your pocket? However, constantly overworking yourself is one of the biggest cause of nurse burnout. When you really don’t feel like working overtime, say something. You’ll be glad that you did once you’re able to get a few, much needed, extra hours of sleep.

Enjoy the Little Things

It’s easy to get lost in the minutiae of your day to day routine. Find some little things to find joy in throughout the day. Maybe it’s listening to your favorite songs on the way to work, or enjoying the weather while walking into your facility.

Make Time

If you don’t reserve time to do the things that you want to do, then other people and activities will take over your time. Remind yourself that this is your life that you’re living and that you deserve to set aside time to do the things that you’ve always wanted to do, but never have gotten around to it.

Practice Self Care

You spend the entirety of your profession caring for others. Now its time to make it a goal to set aside time for self care on the daily. There are many ways that you can practice self care from giving yourself a spa day, to doing a yoga class, to learning a new hobby. Whatever refuels your energy, make time to do it!

Have a Reminder

What initially sparked your interest for being a nurse? Who was one of your most memorable mentors? What was one of your biggest impact on a patient or resident? Find a token that represents these moments to hold with you every day so that you can remember these moments. These are the moments that will spark your passion and remind you to keep going.

Find an Outlet

Hobbies and interests act as a getaway from daily hardships. One or two days a week, reserve some time to do the hobby that takes your mind off of things. You’ll wake up the next day feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day.

Make Healthy Choices

How you maintain and nurture your health can have a big impact on your stamina. Poor health leads to getting burned out faster and for longer periods of time. Once you start making healthy choices, you’ll feel way more energized and have the ability to take on those long and stressful shifts.

Work Per Diem

Working per diem allows you to be in charge of your schedule. Work the shifts you want, at the facilities you want. Having a flexible schedule is extremely valuable to those in the healthcare industry, because it’s something that’s not always an option when working full-time. Work per diem and take control of your work-life balance.

Nurse burnout has a serious impact on nurse turnover, patient satisfaction, and the quality of patient care. As a whole, those in the industry should take more steps to actively avoid burnout. This way, we can maintain our passion for caring for patients and residents, while providing a safer experience for everyone involved.

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Three Reasons Our Nurses Love Working for Northeast Med Staff

Around Valentine’s Day, love is in the air. We know that Northeast Med Staff nurses and nurse aides show love for their work every single day. We also know that they love working per diem. Staffing agencies allow nurses and nurse aides to have flexibility in their schedules, as well as giving them new work environments every day. The benefits of working per diem are endless. However, not all staffing agencies are the same. Northeast Med Staff stands out from its competitors by offering our  employees benefits that other agencies do not. We are a community-focused medical staffing agency that connects healthcare with facilities who provide quality care for patients and residents. With that, we strive to offer our nurses the highest quality benefits available. Here is a list of just some of the amazing perks of being a Northeast Med Staff nurse or nurse aide: 

Our Nurses and Nurse Aides Love Working for Northeast Med Staff!

Love Your Work

Going to work in the same facility day after day can become monotonous. Seeing the same faces, doing the same actions, and working the exact same hours can make you feel like you are in a rut. Working per diem allows you to vary what facilities you are going to. It helps to keep your day interesting. This change of pace can even prevent nurse burnout! Northeast Med Staff works to coordinate our nurses’ skills with the best facilities.

Love Your Schedule 

Schedule flexibility means the freedom to work the hours that fit into YOUR schedule. As a result, you are able to work the hours you want and use the rest of your time to do whatever it is that you love to do. Whether you have a family commitment, or are just taking some personal time to care for yourself, we have the flexibility you need!  

Love Your Benefits

Unlike many other staffing agencies, Northeast Med Staff provides all employees who work 35+ hours per week full medical, dental, life, and disability insurances, as well as 401k plans. But we don’t stop there. Additionally, part-time employees who work as few as 20+ hours per week are eligible to receive other voluntary benefits.  

These are just some of the many benefits of being a Northeast Med Staff nurse. To find out more about how to become a member of our team, click here! 

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Best New England Winter Activities For Days Off

New England is known for its long and cold winters. But, if you’re a New Englander, you’re probably used to it by now. Now’s the time to get outside and take advantage of all of the fun winter activities that New England has to offer! We’ve found the very best things for you to check off of your bucket list this season.

Snow Tube at Nashoba Valley

This is a super fun activity for both kids and adults! If you’re not a fan of skiing and snowboarding, this is much less physically grueling. Nashoba Valley is a great spot because it has tons of other winter activities and fantastic food!

Nashoba Valley
Nashoba Valley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drink Gourmet Hot Chocolate

L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates has several locations across New England. They specialize in chocolate, so you know their hot chocolate is one of the best on the market. Don’t settle for watered down hot chocolate! They also offer coffee, specialty drinks, and pastries!

L.A. Burdick
L.A. Burdick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catch a Flick in a Vintage Theater

The Luna Theater, located in an old mill, shows classics in a old school theater setting. Think: projectors, red felt movie seats, and nostalgic snacks. What’s better on a winter day than staying indoors and watching one of your favorites?

Luna Theater
Luna Theater

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sip Your Way Through The Connecticut Winter Wine Trail

Winter is the season cozying up with a glass of wine! But don’t grab your usual wine of choice. It’s time to go out of your comfort zone and try some new flavors! The CT Winter Wine Trail is the perfect way to discover some new favorites. And, for each winery you visit you are entered in a raffle to win a luxurious prize!

CT Winter Wine Trail
CT Winter Wine Trail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Experience Boda Borg

Here’s one of our most unique winter activities! Boda Borg offers is a “real world gaming environment” that puts you in charge. Players have a number of different choices in games, or quests that they can play. Each quest presents the player and his/her team with physical and mental challenges. Their Malden, MA location is rated 4.7/5 stars!

Boda Borg Malden
Boda Borg Malden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dog Sled Through the White Mountains

You could drive around New Hampshire and look at the pretty winter scenery…Or you could dog sled through the wilderness and experiences the beauty up close and personal! Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel offers a family friendly experience. All of their proceeds go back to caring for their wonderful dogs!

Muddy Paw
Muddy Paw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tour A Sugar House

Who doesn’t love maple syrup?! Take a trip to Lamothe’s Sugar House in Vermont and get the authentic experience. Discover how maple syrup is made and buy some of their syrup to make pancakes the next morning.

Lamothe's Sugar House
Lamothe’s Sugar House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Create Your Own Candle at Yankee Candle Village

Now it’s possible to create your very own unique candle scent! Yankee Candle Village encourages everyone to let out their creative side and discover the fun in candle making. The Village also offers Christmas year round, a toy shop, a country store, and delectable food options!

Yankee Candle Village
Yankee Candle Village

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit Maine’s Top Ski Slope

At Sugarloaf, you get to experience the beauty and fun of a winter in Maine. Whether you want to ski, snowboard, or just hangout at the resort, Sugarloaf has something for everyone! This is the perfect winter family getaway.

Sugarloaf
Sugarloaf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you work us, you get to be in charge of where and when you want to work. Don’t feel like driving over 30 minutes? Don’t like to work night shifts? That’s fine. This season, enjoy a flexible schedule with us and check these fun winter activities off of your bucket list. Apply with us today!

 

 

 

 

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