The trauma nurses experience extends beyond PTSD to a condition called vicarious trauma, the end result of the constant compassion fatigue they experience at work. The good news is that there are things nurses can do to outwit their negative brains, boost their happy hormones, relieve stress, and cope better.
Readmissions are stressful for both patients and staff, not to mention costly for facilities. Studies show that improving communication between caregiver and patient has the biggest impact on reducing these return visits, which puts nurses in a uniquely powerful position.
There’s an archaic stereotype that looms over the leadership hierarchy of the healthcare industry. That is, that physicians are the leaders, the delegators, the most knowledgeable in the field of medicine. And nurses are the helpers, taking direction from the doctor in charge.
No matter what career you find yourself in, setting an example as a leader and role model starts with displaying a willingness to develop and guide those around you.
An increasing number of millennial nurses are set to fill the shoes of those seasoned nurses, and that’s a heavy load to carry for those on the front lines and the nurse leaders preparing them to take the reins.