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6 Ways Nurses Can Beat Compassion Fatigue


5. Develop a Career Plan (And Stick to It!)

Whether you have been in your job for 10 year or 10 months, it’s important to have a plan for where you are going. Are you looking to move up with the employer you already have? Or do your goals involve changing jobs in order to advance? These questions can stress anyone out, and if you aren’t sure what you want, you can easily get burned out by getting stuck in a job your aren’t thrilled about. Nurses who feel trapped in their jobs often feel compassion fatigue at a greater rate than those who have goals of advancing.

Write out a career plan for yourself – this may involve getting certified, trying for a promotion, or going back to school to further your education. Having a plan will help your look forward to your future, especially if you are at a not-so-great job. If you are at a job you love, but you are beginning to feel burned out, a career plan can help you see what it is that made you love the job in the first place and give you a path toward advancement.

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