Are you an EMT struggling to stay motivated and enthusiastic at work? Don’t worry— many EMTs can feel this way. Burnout happens— the key to beat it is to have the self-awareness to recognize the warning signs to avoid it in the first place.

If your stress goes unchecked, you can veer risk of burnout, a feeling that will damage your workplace efficiency, mood, and overall happiness.

Specifically, burnout refers to chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. It is categorized by feelings of energy depletion, increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of cynicism related to one’s position. So what are the signs that you are entering Burnot Land? Read on to learn the signs of EMT burnout.

Working overtime every shift.

Due to the nationwide EMT shortage, you’ll likely be asked to work overtime during your shift. Overtime overtime will lead to burnout, especially with a heavy workload, stress, and a tired body. (Haha, get it?) When you’ve worked a few overtime shifts in a row, make sure you are getting proper rest and have fueled your body. If you didn’t get a full nights rest or are feeling under the weather, don’t be afraid to say no to working overtime hours. It’s better to be safe than sorry and accidents are more likely to happen when you’re drained and running on fumes.

A lack of management visibility. 

Lack of support from management and communication mishaps from dispatch will likely contribute to a feeling of stress and negativity. Feeling disconnected from your team can lead to burnout because you don’t feel unified towards a common goal. Be sure to get to know the person behind the dispatch voice to build the trust needed for successful communication.

Burnout at work can lead to a decreased physical and mental health. Take care of yourselves by stopping burnout in it’s tracks. You got this!

Thanks for reading, EMTs!

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