August 10, 2021

3 Ways to Avoid Burnout as an Advanced Practice Provider

Eryn E. Lawson, MPAS, PA-C

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You’re a successful APP that has had a long career making a difference in the lives of many patients. You are at a point where the things you do every day just don’t seem like enough and you feel like you have hit a glass ceiling. Here are a few tips to navigate past those burnout stages and keep you engaged in your career. 

  1. Recognize your talents and the skill sets you have developed within your craft. Then share them with those who are craving to learn. For example, start an orientation program that involves those skills, or serve as a preceptor and mentor to others. Sometimes I find myself surprised by how much I know once I impart that knowledge on others. 
  2. Become invested in the financial aspects of your practice, and research how you may be able to help it grow. Use your institution’s resources (e.g., satellite clinics) to expand your practice throughout the community and market yourself accordingly with local practices. You may also consider non-invasive office procedures that increase services available to your patients and at the same time boost your RVUs. 

In addition, find a niche within your specialty where you can become an expert and consider expanding it into a multidisciplinary clinic to enhance patient care. Keep track of your productivity and the value it may bring to your organization. You may find that the new clinic and services offered improves the quality of care provided to the patients in your community.

  1. Surround yourself with like-minded people that support your efforts and can boost you up when needed. But don’t ignore those who challenge you with constructive feedback. Constructive feedback may offer insight you haven’t considered and help to shape your idea into something even better than expected. Besides, if you can collaborate with those that provide that feedback, it should be easier to accomplish your final goal. 

How have you overcome burnout and continued to find fulfillment within your career?

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