Effects Of Nurse Burnout

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Burnout is a type of psychological stress. Stress and burnout are common among nurses who are the largest group of health care professions. Nurses experience burnout at some point of the career based on the intensity of workload and the emotional bonds that form with patients. The strain of nursing leads to burnout that contributes to physical, mental, and emotional exhaust of a nurse There is a concern that high levels of nurse burnout could adversely affect patients outcome. Patient safety is a priority, thus understanding the cause of nursing burnout is significant. There is association of long shifts hours, inadequate staffing, poor nursing benefits contributes to an increase in burnout leads to a risk of patient safety. More than a decade…show more content…
Hospital understaffing nurses increases the workload and the patient-to-nurses ratio makes a difference in patient outcome. In hospital with high patient-to-nurse ratios, surgical patient experience higher risk and failure-to-rescue rates and nurses are more likely to experience burnout and dissatisfaction. Nurses nationwide consistently report that hospital staffing levels are inadequate to provide safe and effective care (Cimiotti et al., 2012). In 2004, California was the first state to implement minimum patient-to-nurse staffing ratios. The legislation was motivated by an increasing hospital nursing shortage and perception that lower nurse retention in hospital practice was related to burdensome workloads and high level of job dissatisfaction. California fully mandated the patient-to-nurse ratio for every surgical patient is 1 to 5 (American Nurses Association, 2016). California is the only state that stipulates in law and regulations a required minimum nurse-to-patient ratio to be maintained at all times by the unit (American Nurses Association, 2016). Based on the result in California, the Registered Nurse Staffing Act has resulted in states taking action to ensure there is optical nurse staffing is appropriated to patients’ needs, however not all states have as strict regulations as California (American Nurses Association, 2016). Thus, the California…show more content…
Survey data from nurses working shifts of more than thirteen hours increased patients’ dissatisfaction with care (Stimpfel, Sloane, & Aiken, 2012). Furthermore, nurses working shifts of ten hours or longer were up to two and a half times more likely than nurses working shorter shifts to experience burnout and job dissatisfaction. Extended shifts undermine nurses’ well being, may result in job turnover and can negatively affect patient care. Based on the study, patients were less satisfied with their care when nurse-working shifts of thirteen or more hours compared to nurses working less hours (Stimpfel, Sloane, & Aiken, 2012). Nurses underestimate the impact of working long shifts because the idea of working three days a week instead of five seems appealing. However, working three day week can sometime turn into additional, unplanned workday which leads an increase in burnout and

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