Emergency medicine will always include stress, dealing as we do with unwell patients arriving at short (or without) notice and making critical decisions with limited information. So if you feel stressed, you’re probably right. If not, well, the American College of Emergency Physicians (@ACEPNow) have an excellent summary including pointers to recognise stress in yourself or your colleagues: https://www.acep.org/content.aspx?id=22722
I’ll apologise now for a couple of links which have been criticised for playing to an outdated, ‘masculine’ club. Having felt overwhelmed in a medical emergency and experienced the threat of serious violence I believe there is significant crossover. Individual’s reactions vary, but there is value in considering the nature of stress so we can be better prepared for it. This is something I am very interested in but I freely admit I’m not an expert.
Burnout is a term used loosely, but as termed by Prof Christina Maslach (@CMaslach) it is a combination of exhaustion, cynicism and perceived inefficiency as a result of chronic stress. The nature of burnout, recognition and recommendations for employers are described at: https://blog.kissmetrics.com/prevent-employee-burnout.
Colleagues who find themselves burnt-out, or depressed - whether or not related to work stress - should be encouraged to seek help. Speak to your supervisor or a trusted colleague. See your own GP, or occupational health. Or contact the Doctors support network (dsn.org.uk). Mindtools also offer guidance on recovery https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/recovering-from-burnout.htm I’m in two minds about sharing the final link. Having made all the points and brought together my favourite resources on these matters, I have to say that Dr Justin Morgenstern (@first10EM) has done a better and more comprehensive job of it: https://first10em.com/2017/03/13/performance-under-pressure/amp