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85 CHANGING JOBS: THE SIXTH PATH TO PERSONAL POWER Sometimes Changing Jobs Is the Best Way to Prevent Job Burnout. Some people wait until their job is intolerable, then race blindly into a new job. Without careful analysis and planning, there is little guarantee that the new job will be better. Many times it is worse! Take time to analyze what is bothersome about your job and to determine what would be an ideal job before acting. This way you are much more likely to get a job that is right for you. In other words, analyzing what you do and don't like increases your personal power and helps prevent job burnout. The first question to ask is, "ls the problem with the type of work or the job situation?" Your answer will help determine if you should change your job or your career. Consider These Cases Read the following scenarios and evaluate what each person should do. Compare your responses with those of the author, which are after these cases. A nurse enjoys helping patients to understand their medical treatment and to feel more confident about it. But she is constantly at odds with her supervisor who says she's too slow on her rounds. My recommendation: _ A nurse enjoys the patients with whom he can chat. But his ward is housing stroke victims, many of whom have difficulty speak- ing. While intellectually he feels compassionate, he often gets irritated with the patients' slowness. He has snapped at patients more than once. His supervisor has criticized his attitude. My recommendation: _