About LPNs and Student LPN Burnout

LPN school can be very stressful for the LPN students. With weekly exams, weekly clinical projects due, reading assigned chapters and being accountable for all, an LPN student can develop burnout.

Nursing school is very stressful. Students experience increased tension prior to their clinical rotations or their written examinations, especially their finals.The major sources of stress experienced are interpersonal relationships and performance demands. Nursing school is very demanding with its paper work and skill performance. Multiple stressors combine and result in cumulative stress. Research shows that catastrophic life events correlate more highly with subsequent illness rather than joyful life events. (www.onsopcontent.ons.org).

According to the oncology LVN nursing society for nursing students, nursing students need to assess their stress levels and determine what will decrease their tension. Important ways to reduce stress include avoiding change, blocking time, becoming skilled in time management, and setting goals. To avoid change, we need to try to keep the same routines, for example, students should eat before a clinical rotation or an examination. The second important point is taking time. Take time to address important goals. For a student, setting aside a block of time to study before an examination or setting aside time to complete a client database for a clinical rotation are important. Cramming for an examination or staying up all night to complete a client database will increase anxiety, frustration and chances for failure. Scheduling fun time is also important. You need to leave the hospital or nursing school environment behind at times and enjoy something that will bring happiness into your life. This will make it easier to come back to the school or the hospital. Go out, explore creation, and enjoy the sunset or go home and enjoy your family or a special relationship.

Furthermore, the oncology nursing society for nursing students, expressed that spiritual resources also may help the student nurse to adapt to stress. Also a third way to reduce stress levels is time management. Establishing goals and having the time available to accomplish those goals are important. Tasks not related to school can be delegated to other family members or delayed in favor of more important tasks. Avoid waiting too long to begin a task. This will only increase anxiety and tension. Schedule activities‚ÄĚthis will increase positive tensions and promote growth. Forget hose all-nighters! Get control over the situation. Make time in your schedule for studying and sleeping at night.

It is also important to develop study groups which can lead to a social support network. According to the Mayo Clinic, a social support network is made up of friends, family and peers, while a support group is generally a structured meeting run by a mental health professional. Although both can play an important role in times of stress, a social support network is something you can develop when you're not under stress, providing the comfort of knowing that your friends are there for you if you need them.

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