Nursing has always been a stressful job. Add to it the major health crisis happening now with COVID-19, and it’s easy to see how stress can become quickly compounded. How do you lead your nursing staff in a crisis like this when your team is being pushed to the limit? Burnout is very real, so how can you combat it and make sure your team is more effective.

Recognize Signs of Burnout

Employee burnout can be easy to miss, especially during a crisis. As a manager, it’s important to be diligent when looking out for signals. They can include:

  • Exhaustion
  • Mistakes
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Poor Attitude

While some of these, such as exhaustion, can happen for several reasons if you start to see them compounded, it may be time to take action. Consider the various ways to handle this in your department.

Provide Wellness Programs to Manage Chronic Stress

It may seem obvious, but stress is going to impact every one of your employees during this time. You need to take a look at the kinds of wellness programs you can offer through your company that will give your team the tools they need to manage their chronic stress. This can be anything from yoga or mindfulness programs to direct access to mental health professionals.

Review Paid Sick Leave Policies

On the front lines, your healthcare staff risks exposure to COVID-19 and other infectious diseases every day. You can’t afford to play fast and loose with sick leave policies with something as contagious as this coronavirus. Review your sick leave policies and make sure you’re giving sick employees the time they need to recover without the worry about working to earn the money they need to survive.

Hire Additional Support Staff

You may also need to face the reality that your team can’t handle this alone. Now is the time you need to consider the possibility of hiring additional support staff. You can partner with a medical staffing agency to hire short term nurses onsite to help you manage your current caseload and be prepared for spikes.

Do you need more nurses in your department?

Ensure your facility runs at peak performance, contact Fortus Healthcare Resources today for your contingent healthcare staffing needs in NY and beyond.

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