Top Four Challenges That Nurses Face and How to Overcome Them

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In terms of service delivery, nurses have one of the most significant jobs in the health sector. Nurses face new obstacles on a daily basis, making it one of the most demanding careers available, despite the fact that it may be a highly rewarding career. Nursing fundamental concepts include caring for people when they are at their most vulnerable and providing assistance. It must be acknowledged, however, that nurses require assistance in order to continue doing their work.

Nurses work longer hours

Nurses frequently perform 10- to 12-hour shifts. These shifts frequently end up being even longer after all of the associated administrative activities and shift change processes. 

Working long hours can be physically and mentally exhausting, leading to burnout. Make sure to get enough rest when you're not working to help prevent burnout and retain energy during a shift. Request assistance from family or friends with personal responsibilities so that you can spend more time resting and recharging between shifts.

Cancellations of shifts

If you work as an independent nurse, you may find yourself in situations when your shift has been canceled at the last minute. This could be due to a variety of factors, such as cover being obtained elsewhere or internal workers completing the shift. This might be quite upsetting because it may interfere with your job goals and expectations.

Create a good rapport with your boss so that you can express your frustrations and reduce the likelihood of this happening. Once they know you, trust and connection are established, and these occurrences should decrease. Keep a cheerful attitude and recall the advantages of your independent living.

Inadequate personal boundaries and self-care

Nursing is a difficult profession even in the best of circumstances. Nurses encounter their patients during some of the most difficult times in their life. With each shift, nurses must take great care to administer the necessary prescriptions, conduct accurate assessments, and maintain their patients' safety. Many nurses return home at the end of the day to care for their families.

Nurses must also set professional boundaries with their patients and supervisors. This protects both the patient and the caregiver. Patients, for example, may misinterpret conduct when professional boundaries are crossed. It is also critical for nurses to say "no" in order to avoid taking on more responsibility than they are capable of handling.

Risk of being sick

Nurses spend their days caring for ailing people. With COVID-19, flu, and the cold season, it is more important than ever to take care of yourself and implement measures. To combat this, wear correct PPE, take probiotics on a daily basis, avoid sugary snacks and excessive alcoholic beverages, and sanitize everything you touch, including your phone, work computer, refrigerator door, and pocketbook. Take your daily vitamins too.

Every difficulty is an opportunity. If you're going to be interviewed on camera, you need to understand how to be video-friendly. Master the process of having your resume read by a bot. And when you need to improve your race literacy, you look for ways to do it. Remember that nurses are natural problem solvers with a knack for getting things done. As with any difficulty, there are various ways to solve it, and nurses have the critical thinking, emotional intelligence, and presence of mind to overcome any barriers.

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