Burnout in Nursing: What a Nurse Must Know to Rekindle the Flame

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1034 words
1034 words

The nursing profession is notorious for burnout. The place of work, scheduling, compassion fatigue and lack of support all affect the nurses’ risk of becoming burnt out. Nurses and nurse managers should be well educated on the signs of burnout in order to correct it as soon as it becomes an issue. There are many ways for nurse managers to help prevent burnout amongst their staff and there are significant benefits in reducing the burnout rate. Peery (2010, pg. 53) summarized nursing as:
Nursing is a nurturing profession, and caring is an essential component of its practice. Caring for others, however, is stressful. The goal of nursing is to help people gain a higher degree of harmony within the mind, body and soul, which generates self-knowledge, self- reverence, self- healing and self-care processes while increasing diversity. This goal may be pursued through the implementation of ten carative factors, via the human-to-human caring process and caring transactions, or clinical caritas processes.
This accurately displays the need for compassionate nursing without the consequences of burnout. Nurses ultimately become burnt out because they give selflessly and expect nothing in return. Nurses often give so much; they forget to take time for themselves.
Burnout is a special kind of occupational stress in which is triggered by a combination of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion along with worry about ones’ own ability and the value one places on his or her work. Burnout usually does not happen acutely but happens over a period of time. Burnout builds until the person experiencing it all of a sudden feels helpless and completely unsure about their choice in occupation or choice of workplace. Burnout can lead to ...

... middle of paper ... during deployment as well as in the United States Army hospitals. The deployment setting can test military nursing workers in ways that are not the same as what is typical for private citizen nursing employees who practice in traditional civilian hospitals. Providing nursing care to traumatically wounded American military personnel and enemy combatants and living in rigid circumstances are cases of some of the stresses deployed nurses suffer. Depersonalization is also a huge risk factor of burnout in military nurses. One factor that is helpful in avoiding burnout in the Army setting is that physicians, RNs, LPNs and medics all cooperate in ways that may be unusual in a private citizen hospital. In the military setting, the scope of practice increases and nurses are most often times reinforced entirely by their colleagues (Lang, Patrician and Steele, 2012).

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that nurses caring for psychiatric patients on a forensic unit are more susceptible to burnout due to the intense nature of the unit.
  • Explains that burnout among nurses working in residential elder care facilities is extremely high. they have a huge responsibility and are more susceptible to law suits due to inadequate care.
  • Explains that emotional exhaustion is the number one reason for burnout in deployed combat support hospitals. the deployment setting can test military nurses in ways that are not typical for private citizen nurses.
  • Explains that nursing is a nurturing profession, and caring is an essential component of its practice. the number one sign of burnout is stress.
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