How to Avoid Burnout as CNA

by Maria Pavel on April 17, 2011

Any job or career path that you take in the medical field will require you to work long hours, and this can cause burn out. This is no different in the world of a CNA. In fact, CNAs find that they are always the ones that have to work overtime. Most facilities that hire CNAs are often suffering from staff issues as there aren’t enough staff to do all the work. Since CNAs always get the “grunt work” of the nursing profession, you can see how burnout can be common. But there are things you can do to stop this.

One thing that you can do to stop the feeling of burnout is by slowing down a bit. Yes, being a CNA can be very stressful and you are always on your toes, but there is no reason why you can’t have some time to yourself to cool down. Make sure that you take your days off seriously and spend that time relaxing. If you don’t, it won’t take you very long to burnout and start thinking about changing your career path. But if you take the time to relax, you won’t feel that burnout and can continue on your chosen path.

Another good way to avoid burnout while working as a CNA is to take meditation or yoga classes. This may not be an option for everyone but it will help you in releasing the stress and gaining a bit of inner peace. There are actually meditation techniques that you can use in a matter of minutes that can help you while you are on a break at work. These techniques are easy to do and will give you the energy to move forward for the rest of your shift.

You should also consider saying no once in a while. This means that you don’t have to take all those overtime hours if you don’t actually need to. While the overtime hours will be great to get extra money, that money won’t last as long as your sanity if you take that time off, instead. It’s hard to say no when your boss asks you to work overtime, but there are ways you can get around it.

You can, instead, work something out so that you work longer shifts with overtime but still get to take your normal days off so that you can rest and relax. Stopping burnout is a serious aspect of the medical field, and you should do what you can to keep it from happening to you any way possible.

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