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Preceptor Burnout

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Karla Herrington

on 6 June 2017

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Transcript of Preceptor Burnout

What is burnout?
Why did YOU become a preceptor?
A state of physical and emotional exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress.
Gradual process, does not happen overnight.
"I can do everything"
Working exceptionally long hours
Taking on exceedingly heavy workloads
Enormous pressure to excel
Who is at risk?
Contributing Factors
Four Rs:

Lack of
or feelings of achievement

Absence of
, both tangible & intangible

Lack of
for accomplishments

or hope of relief from job stressors
Stages of Burnout
Physical & emotional exhaustion
Shame & doubt
Cynicism & callousness
Failure, helplessness, & collapse
Signs & Symptoms of Burnout
Contributing Factors for Preceptors
Shortage of preceptors
Lack of compensation
"Babies precepting babies"
Minimal to no preceptor training
Little to no notice prior to precepting (voluntary vs. involuntary, prior experience)
Lack of time to accomplish responsibilities associated with the role
High volume of staff turnover*
Effect on Organization
Poor staff morale
Increased turnover
Decreased patient satisfaction
Financial loss
Have a nursing goal
Celebrate yourself
Avoid gossip
Be aware
Get involved (PERK, Shared Governance, Committees)
ABCs of prevention (awareness, balance, choice, detachment, egoism, focus, goals, hope, integrity)
More collaboration with managers, educators, and academic faculty
Preceptors are VITAL to recruitment and retention!!
Karla Herrington, MSN, RN
Define nursing burnout.
Compare and contrast factors that contribute to nursing vs. preceptor burnout.
Identify signs and symptoms of burnout.
Distinguish between the stages of burnout.
Discuss the impact of burnout on the patient, organization, and orientee.
Discuss solutions to prevent/overcome burnout.
"A ship is always safe at the shore, but that is NOT what it is built for."
Role of the Preceptor

Role Model



Effect on Patients
Increased LOS
Higher morbidity rate
Increase in falls, complaints, HAIs, pressure sores
Increase in medication errors
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(2), 211-214.
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Ramsey, S. (2008). Keep the fire burning: Preventing preceptor burnout [PowerPoint slides]. Retrieved from http://www.ashpmedia.org/docs/NRPC2008/PDF/S.Ramsey%20-%20Keep%20the%20Fire%20Burning.pdf
Four Rs of Burnout Recovery



Poor performance
Weight fluctuation
Negative attitude
Inability to focus
High blood pressure
Emotional detachment
Effect on Orientee...
Nursing Turnover
Nursing Shortage
Inadequate Staffing
Job Dissatisfaction
Nurse Preceptor Burnout
Causes of Burnout
Long hours
Desire to help others
Type-A personality
Unreasonable job demands
Difficult colleagues or staff
Scant recognition & rewards
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