Am I a burn out?
I’ve been reading many articles on occupational stress injuries, PTSD and stress in the work place. A few of these articles stated the work place environment (office politics) is a major cause of stress for first responders and in some cases first responders stated office politics as being more stressful than attending emergency calls. Is it possible that our workplace can be more stressful to us than attending life and death emergency calls?
When I was a new medic I would see older and more experienced medics that were jaded and very negative to the profession. I always wondered why they were still working if they were so miserable. Sometimes I worry that now I’m that old burnt out medic that isn’t as pumped about the work as I used to be. I find I get into days of negativity that is really just hurting myself and causing a great deal of unwanted stress. Is being a burnt out medic increase your risk of PTSD or getting an occupational stress injury?
I let go of all the things out of my control that were bothering me and it was a wonderful realization for me. Now I go to work and have fun at being the best paramedic and firefighter that I can be and I don’t worry about anything else. When I leave work I leave all the workplace stressors behind me.
…burnt out medic status averted…
Have a safe week everyone,
From Emergency Response Portraits