Anxiety can significantly impact many nurses’ work environments. Personally speaking, nothing has shaped my career as a nurse more than anxiety derived from negative nursing experiences. Looking back, there are a handful of pivotal situations I can point to that led to my feelings of anxiety as a nurse, and my conversations with many other nurses lead me to believe these are pretty common.
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.
Being a great nurse leader isn’t something you do; it’s something you are. And effective management style has a big impact on nurse retention. As a nurse and a leader one must be hardworking, compassionate, organized, and in control, leading by example and not just with words.
Reasons that nurses leave have been well documented; however, not everything can be analyzed by statistics, dollar signs, or anecdotes from Managers and CNOs. Here are the main reasons nurses leave their jobs from the perspective of a nurse on the front lines.
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.