The nursing profession is one of the most physically, emotionally, and mentally taxing career fields. Working long shifts, placing other’s needs before your own, dealing with sickness and death on a regular basis, and working in a high stress environment are all precursors to developing occupational burnout in the nursing profession. Burnout refers to physical, emotional and mental exhaustion, which can lead to an emotionally detached nurse, who feels hopeless, apathetic, and unmotivated. Burnout extends beyond the affected nurse and begins to affect the care patients receive. Researchers have found that hospitals with high burnout rates have lower patient satisfaction scores (Aiken et al 2013). There are various measures that nurses can take
(2013), “… the most internationally validated tool for measuring the practice environment of nurses” (p. 255). Kirwan et al. provide this tool’s reliability by noting “…an overall Cronbach’s alpha score of 0.82” (p. 256). Another instrument utilized by the researches was the Maslach Burnout Inventory, consisting of 22 questions via a self-administered questionnaire (Kirwan, et al.,, 2013, p. 256).
It was clear to me that the mastery of skills, intuitiveness, cultural competency, therapeutic communication, and a voracious hunger for learning would remain centerpieces of my nursing philosophy. Yet, a more powerful conviction emerged from my contemplation after a particularly unpleasant incident occurred while I was working with a burned out, dispassionate nurse. As a result of that experience, I was at last able to articulate what lies at the core of my nursing philosophy. I discovered that above all, my true goal, passion, and mission as a nurse is to heal with kindness. It is this conviction that drives me and continually stirs my passion, commitment and determination to keep at it day after
Leadership is a function of all parts of all lives and an important component of human existence. Leadership must foster an environment that is open to advice, and input, provides an environment that fosters buy- in from others who are lead and those who are impacted. Effective nursing leadership has courage, integrity, initiative and the ability to handle stress (Meliniotis, 2015). Successful nursing leadership is committed to excellence, measures the importance of things, builds a culture around service, creates and develops leaders, focuses on employee satisfaction, builds on accountability, aligns behaviors with goals and communicates at all levels (Guyton, 2012). Nurses today are looking for leadership where leaders and followers help each other with motivation and morale (Sherman, 2012). A leader that empowers motivates, inspires and understands individuals strengths and weakness is a transformational leader.
Health Leaders Media lists seven strategies to reduce nurse burnout, including “stress reduction classes, create a space for relaxation, mentor and buddy programs, recognition and reward, manager involvement, training and education and counseling” (Hendren, 2010, para.8). Individual hospitals have taken actions to help combat burnout among nursing staff. At the St. Boniface Hospital in Manitoba, there is a research project being conducted called the Compassion Project, which includes “compassion and mindfulness meditation training and how it can affect brain anatomy and physiology, personal well-being, employee engagement and reduced burnout” (Miller et al, 2016,
One of the most serious issues in nursing, that can affect a nurses career is nursing burn- out. According to the article “Where have all the nurses gone”, current nurses that are practicing, report high rates of job dissatisfaction (which is part of burn out) and 1 of 5 nurses may quit nursing in the next 5 years (Dworkin, 2002). Burnout is associated with nurses not coming in to work, not feeling satisfied when doing their job, high turnover rates and a lack of commitment to the work (Katisfaraki, 2013). If a nurse becomes burned- out, they may not take care of their patients as well and could make mistakes with medication administration. A study performed in the United States by Dr. Jeannie Cimiottti, shows that hospitals with high burn-out rates among nurses have higher levels UTI’s, and surgical infections (World, 2012). Nursing burnout not only affects the nurse, but it also affects the patient, the nurses’ colleagues, and the nurses’ family; nursing burn out often leads to emotional exhaustion and depression, that can effect relations and communication between the nurse effected and the person they are communicating with. This paper will cover what burn-out is, who is susceptible to burn out, and treatment and prevent nursing burn out.
Burnout is a highly unusual type of stress disorder that is essentially characterized by emotional exhaustion, lack of empathy with patients, depersonalization, and a reduced sense of personal accomplishments. The nature of the work that healthcare practitioners perform predisposes them to emotional exhaustion. On the other hand, the lack of empathy towards patients is caused by the nurses feeling that they are underpaid and unappreciated. Numerous researches have associated burnout with the increasing rate of nurse turnover. This paper explores the causes of burnouts in nurses as well as what can be done to prevent the them.
Watson’s Caring Theory and Advanced Practice Nurses The nursing profession is considered both an art and a science. An example of the science of nursing is the theory and evidence based practice guidelines (EBP), which influence a nurses practice. The art of nursing is fluid of bringing science and patient care into nursing practice.
The nursing profession has often been dubbed as the backbone of the healthcare system because nurses are first in line when it comes to the patient’s medical care. Hence, nursing quality is one of the major factors that affects the well-being of the patient. Nurses and other healthcare professionals are expected to possess the characteristics of caring and empathy towards their patients. However, when there is too much care for patients and too little for one’s self, a negative effect to the overall health of the caregiver may develop. Additionally, nursing work is seen to be strenuous and challenging due to its need for specialization, complexity, and requirement to handle emergency situations (Benoliel et al., 1990; Su, 1993). Nurses, in effect, may feel overworked, underappreciated, frustrated and emotionally exhausted. These stressors that healthcare providers undergo are described by different terms including compassion fatigue, caregiver burnout and other related issues. In this paper, the nature of compassion fatigue and caregiver burnout are first defined and discussed. The symptoms as well as the coping strategies for these phenomena are then explained.