Mary Buffington: Stop Burnout Before It Engulfs You

Mary Buffington is somewhat of an expert on burnout, unfortunately it took her own burnout to realize just how bad it can be. Mary speaks candidly about her experience, even confessing to her own instance of being the bully. Can we heal once we’ve hit that breaking point? Mary did, and she’ll tell you what worked for her and hopefully she can prevent it from happening to you.

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Mary Buffington had been a nurse for several years before feeling the effects of burnout. She was working in a chaotic oncology clinic, which was stressful enough, but then didn’t feel supported by her own leaders which added to the toxic environment. She finally chose to leave that job and almost gave up on nursing all together. She decided to take some time and find her self-purpose and self-love. In those years, she returned to school and received her Master’s in Leadership/Management, worked with a Life Coach, and got a new job as a Nurse Navigator.

Because of her experiences, she knew that she didn’t want anyone else to go through that and started her business called The Burnout Ward. She is now the one coaching others to find their self-purpose and self-love. The work that she is doing is incredible. Mary is enamored with Florence Nightingale, the way Florence lived life on her own terms, saw a need for caretaking and went to Crimea, despite that not being “the norm” at that time. She says that nurses are taught that our worth is in giving and caretaking, but we are so much more and can contribute in many meaningful ways, including leadership roles and politics.

About Mary Buffington
Mary Buffington is a registered nurse and certified life coach who works exclusively with nurses. She teaches nurses how to create the careers and lives they want without the burnout. Her company the Burnout Ward has served nurses using her signature program The Unbreakable Nurse Society. She believes the more empowered, resilient nurses there are, the better healthcare will be for all.

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