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Blogspot: Take a vacation: Why nurse leaders need time off

Nurse Leader Insider, August 16, 2010

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You’re more likely to get burned if you don’t spend some time outside the hospital walls this summer. Burnout is a leading downfall for many busy nurse managers, but here’s one way to prevent it.

Take a vacation! Even if you only have a couple days, it’s vital to maximize your R&R.

Being a nurse leader is not easy and comes with a lot of responsibility, but even you can beat the heat of job stress with the following vacation strategies:

Take the time: Even if you haven’t racked up enough hours for a week-long vacation, make time for a mini vacation. Use the weekend or two days in a row that you have off to take trip to a friend’s or family member’s house to relax.

Plan it out: Plan your vacation months ahead of time. It can be almost as gratifying just thinking about an upcoming trip as it will be to actually take it. Also, it will help get you through stressful times when you know you have something fun coming up. Put up reminders that you’ll see every day. Mark the trip on the calendar, put a picture of the beach you’re going to in your purse or wallet, and make the background of your computer something you’re excited to see on your trip.

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