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6 Ways Nurses Can Beat Compassion Fatigue
6. Nurture Relationships at Work and Home
Nurses can work hectic shifts – 8 hours, 12 hours, days on/3 days off. You could end up spending a lot of time with a select group of people. These are people you may see on a weekly basis, or they may never cross your path again. No matter the case, take the time to nurture your relationships with your patients and co-workers. It doesn’t matter if you just got into nursing, you have 10 years of experience or you are the DON. Having high-quality relationships with those you care for strengthens your connection to your job and increases your desire to go to work.
You may have a patient you see once a week, or once a month. Get to know him/her as a person and not just a condition or disease. Patients want to be treated like people and not numbers, so the effort you make will not only help you, but also make the patient feel good about their experience.
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