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Factors that fuel burnout

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Here, the deadly dozen circumstances and characteristics that can lead to burnout and empathy fatigue, as featured in the Spring 2013 print issue of Scrubs magazine. Check which statements ring true, and seek support (or at the very least, do a little soul searching).



___ 1. Toxic supervisor and lack of colleague support

___ 2. Little fun at work or in life

___ 3. Only a fuzzy understanding of one’s own needs

___ 4. Lack of a professional  process to turn create more competence and less anxiety

___ 5. Emotionally draining issues in one’s personal life

___ 6. An inability to say no to unreasonable requests

___ 7. Vicarious traumatization that takes an accumulated toll

___ 8. Personal relationships characterized by one-way caring (you give, everyone else takes)

___ 9. Constant perfectionism in work tasks

___ 10. Continual unresolved ambiguous professional losses

___ 11. A strong need to be needed

___ 12. Professional success defined solely by outward recognition or appreciation


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Shift Work Disorder can affect your own health as well as your ability to take care of your patients. Take this quiz and find out if you have the symptoms of Shift Work Disorder.

Quiz: Shift Work Disorder

Do you often feel excessively tired, fatigued and not as alert as you could be?

Do you have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep?

Do you often ignore your body clock by not strategically timing your naps or not being aware of your total sleeping hours per day?

Do you find yourself making more errors at work than usual due to lack of focus and general sense of fatigue?

Have you frequently suffered from heartburn or indigestion?

Have you been experiencing unexplained weight gain?

If you're a female, have you been experiencing irregular menstrual cycles?

Do you find it difficult to stay awake at the wheel?

Do you feel tired no matter how much sleep you try to get?

Is this statement true about you: "I've never heard of a circadian sleep-wake rhythm."

How did you score? Leave your results in the comments below and compare with your fellow nurses.

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Get more essential tips on battling nurse burn out in the spring 2013 print edition of Scrubs magazine.

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