Why Every Nurse Should Take The Mental Health Assessment – Chinonso Blessing

Chinonso Blessing

Author: Chinonso Blessing (Nurse Next-door)

“Nurses are wicked ” is not an uncommon word in our present society. Although as new generation nurses are emerging to bringing a resolution to the profession, but you see, we can seemly agree to that phrase because of the increasing percentage of burnout syndrome.

What is Burnout syndrome?

Burnout Syndrome; is a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed and unable to meet constant demands.

As the stress continues, you begin to lose the interest or motivation that led you to take on a certain role in the first place. Now link this up with the nurse-patient ratio in a standard ward and the present state of the health system we’ll not but agree to terms that work burnout in our society is the “norm” amongst health care professionals in general.

As nurses, it is expected that we empathise with our clients or patients and not just sympathise.

Empathy; the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

Sympathy; feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else’s misfortune. In nursing practice what we feel is empathy and not sympathy because as humans with golden times to care for another human our emotions come to play, and we always find a connection, a balance, and a solution to the current problem how best that we can.

Sometimes, we react in an unpleasant situation and this is not because we chose not to care or bother it’s just a defence mechanism not to show weakness and utter the scale of emotions, familiarity and professionalism.

Defence mechanism; are psychological strategies that are unconsciously used to protect a person from anxiety arising from unacceptable thoughts or feelings. Sometimes this is the case of our over reaction. In as much as we won’t accept this fact, every health care professional should take the mental assessment.

Source: RNnetwork

Why every nurses should take the mental health assessment

Mental assessment gives you a picture of the way you think, feel, reason and remember. The mental health test assesses your emotional wellbeing via a series of questions and also includes a physical examination.

This doesn’t mean you have a mental illness as an health professional, it helps you keep your mental status in check considering the series of mixed emotion, conflicts with patients and colleagues, and frequent encounters with bad, good, tragedic, uncertain, loss, and painful experiences coupled with financial burden (sometimes), family balance and others that we see and indirectly experience in our different work environments.

And when we have our mental health in check, we can properly manage stress, set the boundaries between professionalism and emotions.

We’ll smile more often, and have better colleague and patient’s review, a better community and an accurate perception of the profession.

Over to you….

Have you had your mental health checked?

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