Have you ever experienced burnout just from advocating for your patients?
Doesn’t it feel like you’re screaming into a black hole in healthcare sometimes because organizations put profits over patients?
Dr. Veronica Velasquez, PT, DPT is an acute care physical therapist, working in a small community hospital in South Los Angeles/Compton, CA.
She is fortunate to be able to work, since she is also an undocumented immigrant. Veronica shares her undocumented journey and the misconceptions around being undocumented. If you’re also undocumented and feel alone on your journey, Veronica offers helpful advice that guided her to get her to where she is today.
She also talks about the duality of burnout and having joy in your job, the practical advice that has helped her mitigate burnout now, and aspects of wellness that currently light her up (hello, financial wellness!)
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My Favorite Takeaways From This Episode:
–Veronica’s undocumented journey and the misconceptions around being undocumented
-If you feel like you’re in isolation on your journey- whether it’s being undocumented, mental health journey, any journey- find your people to support you.
-Burnout can come from advocating for your patients and the exhaustion that comes with not being able to do the best for your patients because of red tape or other bureaucratic limitations.
-Focus on what’s in your control and focus on being the best YOU can be with what you’ve GOT.
My Favorite Quotes From Veronica:
“I feel very, very good about what I can do within my control. I think it’s just letting go of things that I can’t fix healthcare. There’s just no way. And so just giving myself more ability for self-compassion and letting myself work within this broken system has been helpful.”
“School cannot teach you what it’s like to have a productivity standard, to try to appease your coworkers, as well as a boss, who has the authority to fire you, or the pressures of just being in an entire like system that doesn’t necessarily take care of its employees.“
” I think I put on this, this notion that I’m very cheery and happy, but around that time… I was getting very irritable.”
“I was also feeling very cynical about everything. And what really took it overboard for me was that I felt like I was taking it home. I didn’t feel like I was separating work from home life.”
“…Once I stepped out of the hospital, you got to like leave that all behind, so that you still have this life outside of the hospital. So my tipping point was just my emotional stability.”
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Meet Your Host
Hola! I’m Erika, an occupational therapist from Miami, FL and founder of Joy Energy Time. Get to know me and hang out with me by listening to my pod, the Burnt Out to Lit Up Podcast! ✨
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