When you hear someone say they are burned out, what comes to your mind? I admit that (in my less than empathetic moments) I think, “Oh, come on! You can do this! Get back to work!” My first impulse is to discount the other person’s complaint of burnout, because on one level, my instinct is to assume that “burnout” is just a euphemism for laziness or a lack of character.
Owning a physical therapy clinic can be like walking on lily pads. Each day you work to maintain that delicate balance of patient and employee needs with those of the business so you do not fall into the pond. Another balance we work to maintain is our resilience and empathy while avoiding compassion fatigue and burnout.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), enacted in 1996, is primarily known for its Privacy and Security Rules but these rules, while paramount, are just the tip of the iceberg.
As my term as your president begins to wind down, I find myself reflecting on the past few years and all that has transpired.
This month’s issue is about burnout.