The Problem of Nursing Burn-Out

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2208 words
2208 words

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.

What is nursing burn-out?

Burnout occurs when a person does not have effective coping skills to deal with the demands of the work they are performing; it is also said to be chronic stress caused by the high demands of a job. Burnout has three dimensions that make it up, emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced personal accomplishment (Vargus, 2014). Some causes include long hours, not having enough or the proper equipment, having inadequate staffing and caring for demand...

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In this essay, the author

  • Explains that nursing burn-out is one of the most serious issues in nursing, that can affect a nurses career.
  • Explains that burnout occurs when a person does not have effective coping skills to deal with the demands of the work they are performing.
  • Analyzes how the maslach burnout inventory assesses healthcare professionals for burnout.
  • Explains that nurses who work longer than 9-hour shifts are more likely to suffer from burn-out or quit their job.
  • Explains that treatment and prevention of burnout can be in the form of many things. the most common ways to treat burn out are to have the nurse float to a different unit.
  • Explains that nurses should be taught coping skills before returning to their normal assignment to prevent burn-out. stress reduction methods, mind-body training, music therapy, and relaxed breathing help prevent stress.
  • Opines that nurses should prevent nursing burn out for their own health and the health of their patients.
  • Explains that nursing burn out is a serious issue that all nurses are susceptible to. hospitals should teach their employees to prevent burnout by using stress-relieving activities, encouraging them to use their vacation time, and appreciating the job.
  • Explains that emotional burnout, depersonalization, and lack of personal accomplishments contribute to the occurrence of burn-out in nurses.
  • Describes the factors that contribute to nursing specialty and burnout in health care providers.
  • Describes the occupational risk factors associated with burnout in nursing: a meta-analytic study.
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