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How To Improve Your Work-Life Balance As A Nursing Professional?

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As with many other care professionals – such as social workers, doctors, psychologists, and counselors – nurses have a high risk of burnout and “compassion fatigue”. Compassion fatigue and burnout are not about the amount of work you do – how many hours you are actually at your job – but the type of work. These professions, that require emotional presence, compassion, and empathy – can be as draining as they are rewarding. With nursing, the hours are long, the work can physically demanding, and you come across difficult situations and people who you cannot always help. It’s a beautiful job, but it’s not an easy one. 

The challenges of nursing lie not only in the job itself but being able to balance everything else in your life. School, friendships, family, romantic relationships, personal time, exercise, balanced nutrition, spirituality… Just reading that list can be stressful. Getting it all in line is a completely different story.

In this video, I talked to my brother about how he perceived my work-life balance for the past few years. We lived together in our parents’ house for many years while I both worked as a nurse and continued my education. This gave him an up-close perspective on how balanced my life really was – one I often couldn’t see myself, as I was so in it.

In the video, I share some tips and advice on how to achieve the elusive work-life balance that some people start to wonder if it even exists.

Remember to constantly check in with yourself and to see what is and isn’t working for you. As a nurse, you have the potential to help people and even save their lives. At the same time, you have to remember to take care of yourself first. As they say: you can’t pour from an empty cup. When you’re pouring consistently, you have to take care to constantly fill your cup as well.

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