It’s stunning to see how intensive healthcare work environments can be, especially in emergency scenarios. Those who are required to work within intensive or highly-pressured scenarios regularly remain dignified and are able to sustain their professional integrity on the job. This much deserves admiration and respect – it doesn’t come easy.
After all, this kind of composure rarely happens by accident. It’s often a conscious choice on behalf of those professionals, who may have been surprised at the difficulty of their role on their first day, then worked on professional perseverance so they could apply their professional best going forward. Dealing with the pressure of high–stress work environments is not easy, and it can take a toll, but you can work with it and gain a thicker skin if you admit the difficulty and offer a healthy response.
In this post, we’ll discuss how to achieve that. We’re sure that such an effort will help you sustain yourself in the long run, and shake off the tough days to allow your good work to shine all the brighter.
Separate Work & Home Life
It’s good to separate home and work life where you can. This can take some practice, especially in a healthcare setting where you’re dealing with many individual’s weakest moments on a regular basis. However, developing a healthy home life with enough time to rest, to focus on your personal time (such as family or hobbies), and never feeling obligated to over-socialize with colleagues outside of work can be important. While many healthcare departments are understaffed, it’s also important to set boundaries where appropriate, such as booking off regular holiday days, taking mental health days as part of your paid time off, and discussing issues with your shift leader.
Communicate, Don’t Bottle Up Your Feelings
Some healthcare units are offered counseling services so they can talk through their day-to-day issues without having to bottle them up. After all, thinking you have to shoulder every burden (you’re human, and some of it will affect you), can make things so much worse. Heightened stress levels, sleeplessness, and irritation, all of this can grow over time, and of course, may cause you to falter in your professional duties. Communication is essential, and it should absolutely be emphasized in every healthcare unit.
Show Leadership & Collaboration
Being proactive in difficult situations can help you get control of them, and feel empowered and capable. Sure, in healthcare, sometimes situations aren’t predictable, and some of them can lead to the worst possible outcome. That’s just the nature of the job. However, when you understand the importance of leadership in healthcare, be you hoping to show your best professional insight, to run a team or to hire for one, you see how those who make firm decisions, are able to accept responsibility, and can collaborate and delegate tend to feel much better and capable even in the hardest scenarios. That kind of control can help you avoid feeling personally affected by the job, because your professional judgement and leadership takes its place.