"This is Dr Ryan Stone. Do you copy?
Anyone? Do you copy….
Do you copy? Please! Copy?"
Gravity, Warner Brothers, Director Alfonso Cuarón 2013
How often do we wish that we could have someone who we could talk to? Someone to take to bounce our treatment plan off, someone to help with followup, someone with whom to share the responsibility and relieve the loneliness. Someone to lighten the load. Even if the response is: "That sounds ok."
Burnout is, in part, caused by stress and not being able to do anything about it. A long-ago stress model was used to study peptic ulcer in rats. The stressor was nothing more than wrapping the mouse in restraints. We providers have restraints galore. We have hierarchies to deal with as nurses and HIPAA regulations everywhere. Lack of time cascades into documentation demands. There are too many patients. We struggle against our restraints to do what we know is complete and right. Then, we settle for what we can do. It is never enough. Each restrains us from what we need and want to do: take care of patients.
Do you copy? Anyone?
We went into healthcare because we wanted to help someone. We do, but not in the way we wish, the way we know we could. More stressors dangle in front of us as we struggle against restraints. Quality assurance, documentation, uninformed family, distrustful patients, guilt and incompletion.
What to do? Get the satisfaction and comfort of working with colleagues. Collaborate with your colleagues, your associates, your coworkers, your floor-mates. Whatever way you choose, find a way to talk to your friends. We prefer hybrid store-and-forward telemedicine because can talk to our colleagues on their own time, not their time or ours. Another schedule is avoided.
Whatever way you want to do it, do it. Collaborate today.