Nursing is a stressful profession and can lead to physical, mental and emotional exhaustion. Within the nursing community this is referred to as burnout, and can have serious consequences on health and well-being if not addressed.

There are a number of factors that can lead to burnout such as: long shifts; chaotic and busy shifts; a poor work environment; high patient workloads; and emotional strain when dealing with patients and their families.

This can lead to: fatigue; self-doubt; loss of motivation; disillusionment; disengagement and cynicism with nursing as a career. Burnout can also affect nursing students who have competing priorities and can potentially lead to: distress; isolation; lack of motivation; and self-doubt.

It is important, therefore, for you to practice self-care to manage stress and prevent burnout.

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