By Renee F. Rodgers-Frank, RN, MSN
As an endoscopy nurse it is likely you experience a range of emotions during any given day, including anxiety or stress. Brought on by erratic hours, physical fatigue, demands from doctors and patients; coupled with the strain trying to balance a family or personal life can certainly cause one to feel stressed out. Additionally, endoscopy professionals must execute their day-to-day work with precision, organization, and communication. Unlike other positions, making an error on the job could equate to a lost life or other serious repercussions.
The weight of these combined pressures may be a leading factor in “burnt out.” Luckily, there are some tips that can be used during work hours to help nurses get through their days with more ease:
Take Breaks. Nurses often put caring for themselves by the wayside; however, this is one of the worst things you can do. Take frequent breaks. This not only gives you a reprieve from critical thought; but it also has physical benefits—i.e. giving your feet a rest!
Wear the right shoes. As an endoscopic nurse, it is likely that you are on your feet for a large portion of your work day. Buying comfortable and supportive shoes can be the make-or-break to joints or muscle pain. Investing in a good pair of shoes is critical for combating muscle and joint fatigue.
Use Your Emotional Crutches. Not working with a good team that interact as a team and help alleviate one nurse taking on too much and becoming overwhelmed, is a big stressor. According to n ursing research , that primary nursing does result in a higher quality of nursing care than team nursing and that nurse retention is improved in primary nursing. This study shows that, both directly and indirectly, primary nursing reduces costs when compared to team nursing.
After work, nurses should focus on types of relaxation techniques.
Exercise. Stop at the gym after work and get in a good workout. According to the Mayo Clinic , there are three primary benefits to physical exercise. Exercise increases your body’s production of endorphins, otherwise known as the body’s feel-good neurotransmitters; two, it allows your brain to shed your daily tensions through movement; and three, it can improve your mood. Mayo cites, “Regular exercise can increase self-confidence and lower the symptoms associated with mild depression and anxiety. Exercise also can improve your sleep, which is often disrupted by stress, depression and anxiety.”
Practice Holistic Medicine. Mediation, music therapy, message, aromatherapy and yoga are all great techniques to relieve stress as a nurse practitioner.
Tuning out on Vacation. Whether you realize it or not, your body needs time to relax from the constant bustle of work. When on vacation, don’t be afraid to let completely go of all thoughts related to your job. This time to “unplug” is key to your mental sanity—and will make you an all-round better health practitioner.
Renee F. Rodgers-Frank, RN, MSN, is a full-time caculty/clinical coordinator for the Nursing School at Rasmussen College at the Ocala, Florida college campus. Renee has worked in the field of nursing for more than 15 years.
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