Nurses are once again being stretched to their limit. The recent surge in COVID-19 cases throughout the US due to the Omicron variant has left hospitals, nursing homes, and other medical care facilities critically understaffed with nurses suffering from burnout and stress.
Here are our top suggestions to help these heroic nurses through this most challenging time:
- Self-care is one of the most important things you can do for not only yourself but your patients. This includes healthy eating, getting enough sleep, and moderate exercise.
- Listen to your body. If you are feeling overworked, your body will let you know. Fatigue, excessive stress, or changes in mood are some signs that it’s time to take a break.
- Avoid the negatives. When not at work, try not to pay attention to the constant barrage of news reports about the pandemic. Make sure you are getting the information you need from a credible source and then tune out the rest. Spend your free time doing things you enjoy like watching movies, reading a book, or going for a hike.
- Depend on others. Leaning on your relationships outside of work to share your thoughts and feelings, is especially important during stressful times.
About ACCESS Nursing Services
ACCESS Nursing Services, founded in 1985, is a leading regional provider of healthcare personnel to individual patients, as well as prestigious healthcare systems throughout New York and New Jersey. With more than 2,000 private duty nurses; RNs, LPNs, Aides, and caregivers in five city-center offices and seven hospital-based offices, ACCESS Nursing also offers a top-level Concierge Care Private Duty Nursing service, providing premier private nursing care in any location.