The article begins:
When it comes to leading a balanced and healthy life, work-life balance can be challenging for those of us employed in health care. Sadly, many nurses find this an especially difficult area to improve, so coming up with concrete strategies to combat poor work-life balance is crucial for preventing burnout and increasing personal and professional satisfaction.In the subsequent sections of the post, I cover the central aspects of how to assess and improve your work-life balance in relation to the steps of the nursing process:
Work-life balance is a juggling act, but one that we can truly get a firm grasp of when we consciously choose to pay it the attention it deserves.
The article concludes thus:
Work-life balance isn’t something that your employer or spouse is necessarily going to remind you about. If being on your own doesn’t seem like a recipe for success, you can enlist a friend as your “accountability buddy” as you try to implement some positive changes in your life. You can also hire a coach who will hold you accountable and assist you in the entire process of assessing, planning, and implementing the changes that you desire to make in your life.Many thanks to the Georgetown School of Nursing for inviting me to be this week's guest blogger, and I look forward to more opportunities to interact with students, nurses and readers about such crucial topics of critical importance to nurses.
This process is ongoing, dynamic, and lifelong, so embrace the notion of self-care and work-life balance as part of being human, and then take the necessary steps to move towards the healthy, balanced end of the continuum.