Nurses fill many roles: caretaker, educator, emotional lifeline, and much more. However, over one-third of all nurses in the U.S. report an emotional exhaustion score of 27 or higher, which is considered to be “high burnout”.
Did you know that the Western medicine model is based on outcomes, or how well a patient does through their hospitalization or surgery? Unfortunately, by focusing on outcomes, the responsibility for healthcare has increasingly shifted onto nurses – where it doesn’t belong.
Because of this industry standard, it’s not shocking that nurses are highly susceptible to mental, physical and emotional exhaustion. And if this fatigue doesn’t go away with proper rest and attention, it can easily transform into burnout.
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Burnout Is Not Easy to Define – Enter ‘Karmic Injury’
The definition of burnout is vastly different for nurses compared to any other profession – it goes far beyond long hours and backbreaking work.
To take it a step further, the term burnout isn’t entirely accurate either. Mainstream media often attributes burnout to “a loss of engagement,” painting a picture of a healthcare provider leaning against the wall staring into space.
Burnout is much more complicated. From low energy and fatigue to aches and pains and more, burnout symptoms also surface in the form of irritability, meltdowns, anxiety, depression, and in extreme cases, suicidal thoughts. As such, nurses experiencing burnout often turn to drugs or alcohol to numb feelings, isolating themselves and restricting activities.
As nurses, many of us deal with an unprecedented amount of negative thoughts and attitudes stemmed by either our own minds or pressures placed on us by our job environments. This negative energy clouds our aura and pollutes it. With enough accumulation, these negative energies can become trapped in our physical tissue and lead to burnout. I know this because I lived it for many years. In fact, it’s my metaphor of what happened to me. During my healthcare career, I literally twisted myself into a pretzel until I broke.
Defining nursing burnout isn’t simple – I believe it’s more about karmic injury (or trauma). Over time, negative experiences can become cumulative, overpowering our coping mechanisms, and leaving us utterly helpless. Burnout is not merely a diagnosis. Rather, it is a complex set of symptoms caused by a karmic injury.
So, what do karma and nursing have to do with each other? Nurses create karma by taking care of their patients. We do it anytime we want something for someone else. For example, with a health-related outcome, we want the patient to survive, walk again or live through a traumatic event.
The issue lies in the fact that as nurses, anytime we insert ourselves into the karma of a patient we risk creating karma for ourselves, which can lead to burnout.
As humans, we are compassionate and want the best for others, naturally. However, it’s important not to blur the line between human and nurse – the role of a nurse is to provide highly skilled nursing care. It’s critical to understand that we are not wholly responsible for the patient’s outcome.
The nurse’s role is to provide care objectively – not with focused wishes for a patient to have a specific outcome. Our support must be provided with detachment for the greater good of all concerned.
Unfortunately, one of the biggest challenges that nurses face is the unrealistic expectation that they must carry the karmic burden of patients in order to have positive outcomes. However, nurses don’t know what a patient’s karmic lesson is, nor should we be expected to know or be responsible for their outcome.
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Moving Forward: Practice Forgiveness and Empowerment
As nurses, we must understand our primary role – to give the greatest skill we can to patients and to do it with compassion. The industry must support this notion by shifting the assumption that nurses carry a burden that’s simply not theirs to carry. At the end of the day, health outcomes belong to the patient and to the patient only.
So, where does one begin in the transformation process? For starters, I suggest that if you’ve discovered that you’ve created karma for yourself by imposing your wishes on a patient, forgive yourself. Talk it over you’re your spiritual guide or guides and ask for guidance on how to best handle the situation. As with every healing, it all begins with awareness. Be gentle with yourself on this. Remember, you are not ultimately responsible for the outcome, so don’t try to be.
From low energy and fatigue to aches and pains and more, burnout symptoms also surface in the form of irritability, meltdowns, anxiety, depression, and in extreme cases, suicidal thoughts. As such, nurses experiencing burnout often turn to drugs or alcohol to numb feelings, isolating themselves and restricting activities.
Here Are Some Other Factors to Consider:
Practice patient care with detached, unconditional love – and release the result. Patients have their own karma and, as nurses, we have no idea what that karma is, nor should we. It is not our role (or responsibility) to know what that outcome should be for the greater good of all concerned. In other words, we have no way of knowing what lesson an illness, disease or accident is designed to teach our patient. Only the patient is responsible for unraveling the lessons behind their illness and balancing their own karmic ledger.
- Empower yourself. Learn how to heal your karmic injuries for yourself by working with a Certified Gemstone and Diamond Practitioner. Find someone you can trust, whom you feel comfortable with, and who knows how to facilitate you on your healing journey. Learning to heal yourself is profoundly empowering.
- Nursing is a calling – it is not a job. Nurses are healers, and as healers, we are an extension of the technology we use. We are first called to enter our profession because it is hard-wired in our DNA – and duty-bound by our star code – to live a life of service to others. We are a part of something much bigger – and we know it. We feel it in the very fiber of our being.
As a Certified Gemstone and Diamond Practitioner, I’m here to show you how you can take your life back and free yourself from the confines of the current healthcare system. You can heal yourself to happiness, vitality and a life full of love.
Gemstone and Diamond Therapy are the only modality that I am aware of which works at the physical, mental, emotional, karmic, intuitive levels. In other words, it is the only modality which can help you heal your karmic injuries and move forward to live a truly happy life.
If you suffer from burnout and are interested in exploring something that could really change your life, Gemstone and Diamond Therapy may help you move forward on your journey to greater health.
If you’re a nurse and you would like to share your personal story on burnout, don’t hesitate to message me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BurnBrightToday. Remember, You Are Not Alone.