Burnout in healthcare….a very common experience for many healthcare workers including physicians, social workers, nurses and dentists. Burnout has been highlighted due to the increased pressures on healthcare systems worldwide during the pandemic.
- So why are physicians vulnerable to burnout?
- The level of responsibility they carry is high.
- There is often uncertainty over the patient outcome.
- Their planned work schedule can often be interrupted by emergencies.
- EMR (electronic medical records) – which are meant to streamline processes and increase efficiency, can actually become a time consuming after work task to do.
- Routine work hours finish and then the physician is on call for ongoing care.
- There is an ever present threat of legal action or malpractice suit that can really weigh heavily on a physician’s mind.
- Depending on what area of medicine a physician specialises in, they may have emotionally draining thoughts about their patient who may have incurable conditions.
- And what can we do about it?
- There is no one size fits all approach.
- Within the workplace:
- Aim for a safe and healthy workplace.
- Address any excessive noise in the area. Review lighting and temperature.
- On an individual level:
- Adopt de-stressing strategies. I highly recommend the work of Drs Emily and Amelia Nagoski on the stress cycle.
- Make time for your own independent activities.
- “Put on your own oxygen mask before helping others”
- In coaching I challenge my client’s thoughts about taking time for themselves.
- “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” Jim Rohn.
- Identify tasks someone else can do instead of you. Make a list. Make a decision to hand over these tasks.
- 5 pointers for addressing burnout:
- Exercise/Move – however feels good for you.
- Reach out for help with someone you trust.
- Take a break from work.
- Meditate/practice mindfulness.
- Improve your sleep.
Do you want help addressing burnout or preventing burnout in your life? This is the area I coach clients from all walks of life in. Reach out for a free no-strings attached consultation call to apply to become a client. Investing in yourself can create the space for great things to happen.