Burnout In The Nursing Profession

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The nursing profession, like all professions, has its ups and downs. The one of the great aspects of being a nurse is that you will make a difference in a person’s life. Regardless it being in an outpatient setting or home setting or even a school setting; a nurse touches people’s lives just by being there for them and providing the support they need in that moment. However, the not so great aspects of being a nurse is nursing burnout. I believe this is the greatest challenge in the nursing.
In the article called The Rise for Burnout, the author, Robert Fedele (2017) states, “Burnout saps energy, leaving you feeling hopeless and its most damaging can lead to mental health issues like depression” (Fedele, p. 20, 2017). Burnouts are mistaken
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In the nursing home, the nurse to patient ratio average 1 to 25 patients. The nurse to patient in the hospital averages 1 to 5 or 6 patients. The amount of orders each patient has and that needs to get done makes work seem endless. In the article called Prevalence of Burnout Syndrome in Emergency Nurses: A Meta-Analysis, the authors, Gómez-Urquiza et al. (2017) mentions the effects of nursing burnouts on the patients. When nurses suffer from these burnouts, it does not only affect themselves and their family, but it follows them to their working environment. It is affecting their coworkers and the patients. This leads to poor quality of care for the patients, increase patient falls, medication errors, increase in hospital acquired infections, and other factors that affect patient care (Gómez-Urquiza, et al.,…show more content…
In my experience, some of the older nurses I have worked with told me how years ago, the staffs would get anniversary gifts or prizes for going a good job to acknowledge their time working at the hospital. Today, we only get impersonalized cards sent to our homes with the signatures of the CEOs of the organizations. If there were ways to motivate the nurses to show any appreciation and acknowledgment of their hard work, I believe that this can help reduce nursing
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