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Andrea Santiago

Job Stress and Burn-out in Medical Careers

By March 17, 2009

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Working in the medical field can be very stressful and difficult, dealing with very sick patients and their families, among other challenges. In these trying times, as facilities and medical employers try to stretch each dollar to the maximum, many health professionals will find themselves working harder to cover more shifts and more patients to fill in for staff that have been cut.

Additionally, financial stresses at home, or a spouse who has lost a job may add to the stressful situation at work. Of course those of us who are lucky enough to be working are thankful that we have jobs. However, as everyone who is employed works that much harder to cover for those who’ve been downsized, the pressure can sometimes increase to the point of burn-out.

How do you deal with stress to prevent burn-out? Thank you for taking a few seconds to share your thoughts in the readers' poll!

Comments
March 18, 2009 at 10:08 am
(1) Barb Poncelet says:

No wonder I think nurses are some of the funniest people I’ve ever met – we do it to stay sane. Laughter really helps – but sharing with other nurses in an informal way also helps. I feel better after talking about a hard day with someone who really knows what I’m going through.

March 21, 2009 at 8:48 am
(2) Joseph Kim, MD, MPH says:

It’s critical to have a strong social support network, especially during those times when you’re emotionally drained from working in the clinical setting. Healthy coping skills can make all the difference.

April 24, 2010 at 4:07 pm
(3) susan says:

The best idea I can give is DON’T work for Select Specialty Hospital. It is the worst place to work in the world.

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