Take care of yourself, avoid APP job stress, and find satisfaction to improve the care you give patients.
Healthcare professionals are susceptible to feeling overworked and emotionally drained. As an Advanced Practice Provider (APP), you’ve likely experienced challenging patient-to-nurse ratios, exhausting 12+ hour shifts, and being overwhelmed by the needs of critically ill patients. Left unresolved, physical and emotional stress can lead to lower job performance and decreased job satisfaction.
Do you feel like you’ve given all you have? Sometimes a job or career change can offer relief, especially if the main source of your stress is the management style or culture of your employer. But, nursing is a demanding profession, no matter where you are. Before you consider leaving your current position, there are a few strategies you can try to reduce your APP job stress.
Prioritize Self-Care and Avoid APP Job Stress and Find Satisfaction
You take care of others, but are you taking care of yourself? Setting aside time to restore yourself physically, spiritually, and emotionally can make you a more capable caregiver.
- Physical care includes healthy eating practices, regular exercise, and adequate sleep with a regular cycle.
- Spiritual care includes mindfulness, meditation, and personal spiritual practice that make a person feel more centered.
- Emotional care includes spending time connecting with friends and family, as well as making time to participate in enjoyable activities.
Advocate for Yourself
APP collaborate with patients, caregivers, physicians, and other hospital staff. Often they’re so attuned to the needs of those they serve, they forget to advocate for themselves. This can cause stress and take away from job satisfaction. Are you taking full advantage of your employee benefits designed to help improve your well-being on the job? These programs may include:
- Wellness programs like workshops, fitness classes, support groups, and teambuilding activities.
- Paid vacation and leave policies.
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP) counseling services to help employees manage personal problems that adversely impact job performance, health, and well-being.
Clarify Your Role Leads to APP Job Satisfaction
If the scope of your position is causing undue burden, or if you feel powerless to make changes that would improve the situation, prepare to have a conversation with your manager. It may be time to evaluate and clarify your professional role.
- Take note of your personal and professional capabilities and negotiate workload based on your capabilities and available resources.
- Clarify your roles, responsibilities, and expectations with your manager.
- Ask yourself whether your current position still provides a sense of accomplishment, meaningful stimulation, and opportunities to use your knowledge and skills.
- Foster consistent communication with colleagues at all levels of leadership to reduce uncertainty and further opportunities for career development.
- Evaluate your role against your scope of practice. Work to move any work that is outside your scope to the right clinician.
Although your job is just one part of your life, it can have a huge impact on your overall happiness. Good self-care practices can improve your job satisfaction, whether you stay where you are, or decide it’s time to move your career in a new direction.
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Jill Gilliland is President of Melnic an APRN and PA national recruiting company. Jill is a speaker and publicist on areas such as job strategies, branding and marketing, pediatric critical care needs, and additional topics relevant to pediatric nursing and the recruitment business. She has over 12 years of experience in the recruiting industry coupled with a strong sales, healthcare, and technology background. Jill holds a BS degree in Business from the University of Southern California and an MBA from The University of Virginia, Darden Business School. Connect with Jill Gilliland on LinkedIn.