Advocate for a safe workplace:
You can advocate for a healthy and safe workplace for your self and others too. See Safety in the Workplace and the American Hospital Association's report: A Call to Action: Creating a Culture of Health
The Joint Commission has published a free guide, Improving Patient and Worker Safety, offering information for health care professionals to create a culture of safety "where management is fully engaged in the well-being of staff, minimizing hazards to workers, benefits everyone involved."
Join the wellness movement:
Bring wellness to where you work! For ideas that can be utilized in any workplace to bring awareness and provide encouragement for professional and personal well-being, see: State Health and Wellness Resources
According to a 2008 study on stress and burnout in nurse anesthesia, CRNAs Chipas and McKenna found that nurse anesthetists are overwhelmingly satisfied with their careers: over 93% reported extremely satisfied or satisfied with their career choice. See what you can do to reduce stress, try to remember if you were satisfied before in your career and remind yourself if this has waned. Read what some of what your colleagues have written about "Why I Became a CRNA" to express why they dedicated their careers to the profession of nurse anesthesia. You may find many of their stories reflect how you felt too; look back and seek ways to bring that positive attitude into your daily work life, evaluate your strengths, reawaken your passion. Remind yourself of the unique and vitally important nursing skills that you offer each and every one of your patients.
- Positive Little Things
- Savoring and Well-being
- Sharing Your Passion
- Summer Memories and the Science of Happiness
- The Attitude Factor
- The Energy of Gratitude
One tool - try the Authentic Happiness Inventory Questionnaire
Action for Happiness offers - Ten Keys to a Happier Living
Create an environment of mutual respect to find meaning and joy in your work:
Patient safety is tied to healthcare workers feeling purpose and joy. Mutual respect to ensure workforce safety (both physical and psychological) is directly related to effective and safe patient care. The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) has released a whitepaper and accompanying slides recommending strategies for a safer healthcare workplace. Link to the NPSF whitepaper: Through the Eyes of the Workforce: Creating Joy, Meaning, and Safer Health Care.
Getting involved with your profession provides empowerment:
"Nurse anesthesia is a well-respected profession, largely due to the strong, resilient foundations of education and practice established by the AANA. Integral to the Association are professionalism, collegiality, and belonging; a culture of shared values that balances individuality, respect, and a profound sense of identity and well-being; and a cultural understanding of the values the professional organization resources bring to each individual and their ability to practice." For more from the article, see "Our Profession and Our Association" in the Wellness Milestones index.
How do you get involved?
See also the AANALearn® online educational module "Leadership Roles for CRNAs - from the Workplace to Public Policy Arena" in the AANA Leadership catalog
Earn CE's for wellness education: