You have probably heard of Burnout, but have you heard of the Healthcare Hangover?
What’s a Healthcare Hangover?
A Healthcare Hangover (HH) is the precursor to burnout. It is the ensuing tidal wave of fatigue, brain fogginess & irritable mood that hits you after a shift of giving your whole body, mind, and spirit to taking care of your patients.
Like a check engine light- a HH typically heralds the approaching limits of your individual mental and physical bandwidth as well as your ability to mitigate and compensate for the demands of increased intensity of work on your person.
A HH is a compensated state, but not for long.