Doctors and nurses are different from everyone else.
- We have dedicated our lives to taking care of others when they are potentially at their worst.
- Few other professions work the hours we work.
- Few other professions involve a client opening themselves up physically and emotionally to the degree that our patients do with us.
- Few others make life and death decisions on a regular basis.
Though we often don’t realize it, we are in positions of power
to make a difference in how we do our work.
Too often these days it does not feel like it. We feel burned out and helpless against administration. In fact, in a 2014 survey, 54% of physicians reported at least one symptom of burnout
and under 40% reported a sense of satisfactory work-live balance
. Both were much worse than a previous survey 3 years earlier.
The symptoms of burnout include:
- Exhaustion – physical and/or psychological
- Cynicism – feeling disconnected from our organization and its purpose
- Ineffectiveness – feeling like what we do does not really matter.
Of course, the reality is that our hospitals and clinics can’t function without us. We can take an active role in redesigning our work to resolve burnout symptoms and return to work-live balance. Talk to your leadership about this. It’s in their best interest to have you at your best.
If you would like to know more, feel free to contact me. I am happy to help.