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Transcript of BURNOUT
What is burnout?
Burnout is defined as a "psychological state that is characterized by the following symptoms: emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and a
decreased perception of personal accomplishment" (Doyle, 2007).
What does burnout mean to nurses?
Burnout among the front line staff in the nursing profession is widely known to be related to as a result of an occupational stress (Doyle, 2007).
Impact of burnout to
The potential consequences of burnout are emotional distress, physical illness and interpersonal conflict in nursing. In addition, burnout leads to low morale, high absenteeism, high turnover rates due to increased financial
cost for staffing and occupational injuries.
Reduce burnout, enhance mental well-being and maintain a healthy life
It is about time to look after yourself as well. Choose the right path before it's too late and start now!
Furthermore, correlation exists between burnout and poor quality
of care, failure to recognize patients' distress and decreased job satisfaction.
Eat healthy at work.
Aside from from physical activities from nursing, aim for actual exercises that will strengthen the muscles, joints and bones. Advocate for more energy to enhance brain function throughout the actual work day by being a role model in creating a walking group, organizing an outing to the park on your days off and engaging in group exercises class before or after shift.
Avoid poor eating habits like skipping meals, or taking a bite between patients. Instead, allow self to have at least 15 minutes short break for eating and have veggies and fruits for snack.
Manage stress and relax
Allow a 5-minute pause break when in- distressed at work.
Take deep breaths when getting stressed out.
Spend some quiet time for self, with eyes closed during break times if possible.
as experienced by nurses...
try to follow simple strategies such as;
can you relate to her?
It's okay to relax to prevent burnout!
Time and energy are the primary resources of the majority of the workers especially nurses thus, protection and conservation of these resources is the key to burnout prevention.
When nurses start to develop burnout; their attitudes, the quality of their therapeutic relationship with patients, the standards of care they provide and their ability to reflect on their practice can be greatly affected.
In consideration of determinants of health....
Burnout also relates to nurses' self-reported physical and mental health, sleep-disturbance, memory and lifestyle factors.
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Department of Health and Community Services, (n.d.). Health promotion and wellness. Retrieved from http://www.health.gov.nl.ca/health/wellnesshealthyliving/index.html
by Maria Elizabeth Panogan
Burnout can be avoided.
An important note to ponder is that, burnout is characterized as an occupational disease which can be contagious among workers. Also, burnout is not a symptom of work stress; it is the end result of a mismanaged work stress. Hence, it is crucial for the nurses to be aware that burnout exists in the workplace and by recognizing and addressing it right away will prevent it from affecting their
quality of life specifically the
mental component of it.
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It is also known as the frustration, loss of interest, decreased productivity and fatigue caused by overwork and prolonged stress.
Spooner-Lane, R. & Palton, W. (n.d.). Determinants of burnout among public hospital nurses. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing. Retrieved from
Nurses' prolonged exposure to stressful situations may lead to burnout as they try to engage in further specialized training and provision of more complex and diverse care.
Awareness, recognition and ability to address the existence of burnout among nurses is vital as they try to be resilient in combating it.
Make use of social support?
Nurses may benefit from their
as their useful coping resources in managing stressful situations within the workplace and in reducing the harmful consequences of stress on their well being, known as burnout.
to assist nurses better manage workload by educating them of the boundaries of their work and clearly defining role expectations
-act as 'buffers', emotional supporters and assistants or helping
hands to nurses