Stress, Burnout and Career Management in Pharmacy
Erin Albert, CEO and Career Coach: www.erinalbert.com
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Stress, Burnout and Managing Careers in Pharmacy
Outline prepared by Erin Albert, guest co-host, Pharmacy Podcast
(Thanks to Barb Howes, Librarian, for her assistance in research!)
DISCLAIMER: the links below do not endorse the Pharmacy Podcast, nor does Pharmacy Podcast necessarily endorse the links below. This is merely a supplement to the conversation on Pharmacist burnout that already exists in the literature. If you know of better or distinct data relative to pharmacists, please email us - we’d like to add to this conversation at: firstname.lastname@example.org and reference “Burnout” in the subject line.Stress, Burnout and Managing Your Career Through This in Pharmacy Pharmacists are stressed/burned out: Healthcare burnout in healthcare workers: Medscape: Medscape Access Table 1. Symptoms of Work Burnout Physical Behavioral Cognitive/affective Physical exhaustion Irritability Emotional numbness Chronic fatigue Anger and resentment Hypersensitivity Headaches and back pain Alienation Cynicism Gastrointestinal problems Marital and relationship difficulties Apathy Sleep disturbance Rigid thinking Helplessness and hopelessness Muscular tension Self-righteousness Depression Vulnerability to illness Increased alcohol or drug use Overidentification with patients Lingering illnesses Types of burnout: 11 Ways to Avoid Burnout - 99u 1. Overload 2. Lack of Development 3. Neglect Roundup: Burnout: When Everyday Irritations Ruin Your Career 6 areas often affecting pharmacists: Work overload Lack of control Breakdown in community Unfairness Insufficient rewards Value conflict 57% of pharmacists pre-2010 were burned out! http://oncallpharmacysolutions.com/wordpress/2010/11/pharmacist-burnout/ Top reasons for increased stress level at work (Drug Topics 2015 Salary survey): Drug Topics' 2015 Salary Survey: Pharmacist incomes hold steady | Drug Topics 1. Increased work load/volume 2. Inadequate staff support 3. Increased paperwork 4. Negative workplace environment 5. Lack of training and CE 6. Other 2014 Pharmacist Workforce Survey: http://www.aacp.org/resources/research/pharmacyworkforcecenter/Documents/FinalReportOfTheNationalPharmacistWorkforceStudy2014.pdf Pharmacy students are stressed out: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1637004/ Pharmacy preceptors can get burned out: Preventing Pharmacy Preceptor Burnout How to tell if you're burned out: Forbes Welcome 5 signs from Liz Ryan's article above: 1. Apathy 2. No interesting challenges ahead 3. Small things annoy you more than they should 4. You can't focus 5. You can't pull yourself out Preventing Burnout: Extreme vacation - take a sabbatical! How to Plan a Sabbatical-Style Career Break BBC - Capital - Planning a sabbatical? Smart tips for the journey Planning for a needed break from work - The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/02/your-money/planning-for-a-needed-break-from-work.html?_r=0 The book, 6 months off: http://www.amazon.com/SIX-MONTHS-OFF-Negotiate-Without/dp/0805037454/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1457796756&sr=8-7&keywords=sabbatical+planning Promoting resilency: https://www.pharmacist.com/promoting-resiliency-recognizing-and-preventing-burnout Take your vacation #1! How much vacation do pharmacists get? Clinical vs Retail: Vacation time and hours worked : pharmacy 8 Ways to Avoid Burnout | Real Simple 5. Make Sure You Take Your Vacation Days Americans will give up roughly 226 million vacation days this year. Don’t be one of them. "One report found that 48% of workers felt happier and more positive about their workplaces after taking a vacation. Since feeling cynical about your office is one of the key causes of burnout, taking a vacation is an easy (and fun…and potentially margarita-filled) way to keep yourself going." Benefits of taking your vacation: What Are the Benefits of Taking a Vacation? | USA Today Creativity "workers get many of their best ideas away from the job" Innovation Health Benefits economic benefits productivity benefits "34 percent of the respondents reported feeling better about their jobs and more productive after taking a vacation" Pharmacist friend I know who travels the most internationally and maximizes her time off is consistently one of the most productive members on her entire team. How to Plan Your Vacation: Tack vacation days on to holidays if you can to maximize time away Holidays are kind of spread out throughout the calendar in the US - plan vacation for them: MLK (Jan) President's Day (Feb) Easter/Spring Break (Mar-Apr) Memorial Day (May) 4th of July (July) Labor Day (August/Sept - longest lag is between Labor Day and Thanksgiving - a fall break is good) Thanksgiving (Nov) Hanukkah/Christmas/New Year (Dec) Try to get away at least for a 3-day weekend at least every other month Plan it for the year if you can - or cycle, based upon when your vacation time off starts Can you buy vacation? If so, consider it for the bucket list trips that may take 2-3 weeks Subscribe to get away discount travel sites - including the airlines 13 Ways the Busiest People Ever Avoid Burnout Millennials are the worst about taking their vacations: Vacation Shaming in the Workplace: Millennials Most Likely to Feel Guilt for... -- ST. LOUIS, March 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Companies are MANDATING vacation: Forget unlimited vacation. These companies have mandatory vacation policies. - Dec. 15, 2015 More Companies Force Workers to Take Vacation - ABC News How different generations take vacation: AARP Reveals How Different Generations Take Their Vacations - AARP How taking vacation can make you a better employee: Why Taking A Vacation Can Make You Better At Your Job | Fast Company | Business + Innovation Why You Need to Encourage Employees to Use Their Vacation Time | Inc.com 8 Reasons Why Taking A Vacation Makes You Better At Work Tips for avoiding burnout: How to Avoid Burnout 1. sleep 2. say no 3. exercise 4. have a hobby 5. ask for help 6. Take your vacation! The power of time off - TED video: Stefan Sagmeister: The power of time off | TED Talk | TED.com Every 7 years, Stefan closes his design firm for a year off for all employees When they return, they all share what they did in their year off sabbatical Promoting resiliency: Recognizing and preventing burnout | American Pharmacists Association In preceptors - from article above (Preventing Pharmacy Preceptor Burnout): develop a syllabus that covers student expectations and aids in the planning of activities. Strong communication on day 1 of rotation may decrease stressful situations that can occur throughout the rotation. The preceptor is encouraged to designate downtime during which students may complete selected assignments while allowing the preceptor to complete additional essential tasks. In all, the focus of the recommendations are on decreasing stress within the workplace while creating a life balance. When you go on vacation - fully commit, and plan it out to prevent stress on the backend: I have a friend who plans her vacation out for the entire year at the beginning of the year in advance. When a Vacation Reduces Stress — And When It Doesn’t Back to Work From Vacation Stress - CBS News After Vacation: Tips to Bounce Back Fast