You probably became a nurse because you felt called to help others in need. This is admirable, but there is no shame in admitting when you are starting to experience nursing burnout. The long hours, last-minute schedule changes and demanding patients can take a toll after a while – not to mention the heartbreak of losing patients to diseases and physical trauma. Most nurses go through this, whether they acknowledge it or not. Fortunately, there are ways you can reignite your passion for nursing. Try a few different things to find out what works for you:
Take Your Career in a New Direction
If you became an RN after receiving a nursing diploma or associate degree, you may be ready to take the next step in your career. Consider enrolling in the RN to BSN degree program. Your new credentials can open doors for you and enable you to provide a higher level of care for your patients. You could also take the next step by undergoing additional training and specializing in an area you are particularly passionate about. Consider the following specializations:
- Trauma care
- Behavioral health
Consider New Job Placement Opportunities
Your passion for nursing may be reignited by seeking out new challenges in a different work environment. Your new BSN degree can help you explore job opportunities with confidence. Perhaps it is even time for a move to a new state or country. Consider signing up with a recruiter for travel nurses. You will go on temporary placements to all sorts of locations, letting you see new places and meet new people without having to execute a permanent move.
Become a Nursing Mentor
Perhaps you would like to stay in your current location, but you are looking for a way to enrich your work experience. Put your education and experience to good use by mentoring the next generation of compassionate healthcare providers. Your employer’s Human Resources Department may be able to connect you to mentorship opportunities.
Look for Volunteer Opportunities
As a nursing professional, you are already helping those in need. But consider expanding your reach with volunteer opportunities. Perhaps you could volunteer for a tour of duty with a charity group that performs cleft palate corrections in developing nations. Or, look for opportunities closer to your own community if traveling is not practical. Check with the local chapter of the American Red Cross to find out about volunteer opportunities. Or, look for local organizations that assist domestic violence survivors, at-risk youth or families displaced by structural fires. Volunteering your time and skills can help remind you of why you became a nurse in the first place and reignite your passion for nursing.
You can take the next step in your nursing career by enrolling in Grand Canyon University’s RN to BSN degree program. Click on the Request More Information button, and be sure to check out our RN to BSN blog content on the benefits of earning your next degree.