Omaha, NE (May 25, 2016) - If you're a travel nurse, you know what a busy day looks like. Registered nurses have many responsibilities calling them every which way in medical facilities, which means free time is limited. While the nature of travel nursing jobs is chaotic, that doesn't mean RNs need to work their fingers to the bone. They should take breaks for their health and patient safety, yet many RNs don't let themselves rest on the job. Here's why taking breaks is important for success:
Burnout is already a common issue among nurses, and a lack of breaks doesn't help. In an American Nurses Association survey, 74 percent of respondents said they worry about how they'll handle being stressed and overworked. Forgoing breaks only worsens this anxiety. The Mayo Clinic listed extremes of activity, or working in a chaotic environment that uses up all your energy, as one culprit of burnout. Taking a break is one way to cut through the monotony and re-boost during a hectic day and avoid fatigue.
Writing for Mighty Nurse, RN Lynda Lampert gave her own insight on the topic. Lampert explained that she put her job before her mental health by not taking breaks. Now, she cannot work at patient's bedsides anymore, making her feel she's not fully utilizing all the knowledge she's gained throughout her career. She advised other RNs to take care of their own well-being, as it's one of the best ways to fight fatigue and burnout.
To properly care for patients and avoid dangerous medical errors, nurses must remain focused. Forgoing breaks can make staying alert difficult. This is especially true for longer tasks, ones that run upwards of 50 minutes, according to University of Illinois researchers.
Read the full article for more on why travel nurses need to take breaks.
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