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4 practical tips for nurse advisors to boost their wellbeing

Posted on: 26 Jan

Working directly with patients and helping them to take control of their own health is one of the most rewarding jobs. But in order to offer patients the best advice about caring for themselves, first, you need to think about your own health. These four practical tips for nurse advisors to boost their wellbeing will help you be your best self for your patients:

Be aware of your mental and emotional state

Burnout is a state of exhaustion faced by many people in today’s workforce – around two-thirds of full-time employees have experienced it - and nurse advisors are also at risk of exposing themselves to it. The nature of the job means that there will be peaks in your workload and your responsibilities can feel like a large weight at times so first, you need to understand burnout.

When someone is feeling burned out they’ll feel drained of energy and may mentally detach from their work. Your mental and emotional state directly impacts your work and also effects your long-term wellbeing. Take control by checking in regularly and make use of resources online like the burnout self-test.

Set boundaries between work and your personal life

To continue their practice, nurse advisors must register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Their registration must show several things, including evidence that they are taking the initiative to improve the care they provide. It’s a role where it can seem that there is always more work to be done and since there is a lot of responsibility that comes with the job it may be hard to switch off at the end of the day.

If you find it difficult to strike the right balance between work and life, you’re not alone. Over 40% of employees admit that work gets in the way of their personal life. Therefore, it’s important to set boundaries between your work and personal life and be clear about those by sharing them with someone you can trust to remind you if you’re not sticking to them. Simple things like starting an end-of-day ritual to act as a signal that the workday is over can help you create boundaries.

Commit to a sleep routine

The role of a nurse advisor is to both provide information and support. In order to offer these at a high level and improve patient care, you need to extend the same amount of attention to your self-care. The most practical place to begin is with your sleep. A Science Daily report looked into how much sleep nurses get the night before work and found, on average, they get 83 minutes less when compared to nights before a day off.

Sleep deprivation is not only bad for your wellbeing, but it can also impair your performance at work and interfere with the care and support that a patient needs. Here are a few things you can do to improve your sleep hygiene:

  • Limit caffeine intake in the afternoon
  • Use podcasts to try out relaxation methods, like gentle meditation and breathing exercises
  • Set aside a 30-60 minute wind-down routine where you avoid looking at a screen and focus on reading or listening to relaxing music
  • Block out all light
  • Get out of bed and move around if you haven’t fallen asleep within 20 minutes

Focus on your relationships

Just like most other healthcare professionals, nurse advisors have been hard at work during the pandemic, working closely with the NHS to improve patient outcomes. An essential part of improving outcomes is committing time to relationships. Since nurse advisors are in a role where their primary goal is to support patients and build trusted relationships with them, it can be easy to forget that the relationships outside of these will also have an effect on your work. The quality of your relationships with patients, care provides, colleagues, friends and family will have a direct impact on your mental wellbeing. Here are five things you can do to invest in your relationships.

Make a significant contribution to the changing healthcare industry

Few jobs are more rewarding than a nurse advisor’s. With IQVIA you’ll get to deliver patient-centric programmes and see how your work directly improves health outcomes for patients. This diverse role will see you working with the NHS, supporting primary and secondary care providers and helping patients in their own home or as part of a medical research project. If you’re interested in joining an international network of professionals who are proud to be making a difference, view our nurse advisor jobs and start your application.