The term burnout is used so much it seems to have lost its impact. My time as a travel nurse has allowed me to gain a unique perspective I would like to share. I invite you to think about the impact burnout could be having in your life and consider how to lessen its effects. Key to this process is willingness to take action and assess how and where you’re burning out.
Being a travel nurse for eight years was one of the most challenging and personally rewarding experiences of my life. On my journeys I laughed many times, cried more than a few, and was transformed as I cared for cardiac, burn, and trauma patients in 18 hospitals nationally. My journeys took me from the beaches of South Florida to the New York area (just before 9/11), to lively Austin, hot Arizona, hip West Hollywood, and dazzling Las Vegas.
Packing up my 1997 Jeep Wrangler and beginning a new adventure always excited and scared me at the same time. I guess it was the unknown that held the allure. Never knowing what the provided housing was going to be like, how the new city would feel, how the unit at the hospital was going to function, and what unruly physicians I might encounter. It was all so wonderful…for a while.
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