Essay On Nursing Burnout

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Nursing is the profession that never leaves the patient from admission to discharge. Due to the high emotional and physical demands of the job, burnout or nursing fatigue is prevalent in the profession. Burnout is a well-studied problem; however, there are very little changes done to prevent fatigue in health care. Nursing fatigue is an interplay of individual, organizational and systematic factors that negatively affect not only the health of the nurse but also patient safety. For the purpose of this paper, I will focus on the external challenges in the organizational level that might affect new nurses in their first year of practice such as heavy workload, lack of support and poor leadership style. On the surface, heavy workload and short staffing are the glaring reasons of burnout, however absenteeism is one of the root cause and feeds on to the vicious cycle of fatigue and being absent at work. The Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (Year) recommends…show more content…
A professor of mine, who started her career at an oncology unit, had to quit due to the overwhelming sense of grief and loss. Although one could argue she is too young and unprepared to cope to the emotionally taxing job, I believe that the absence of help contributed to her emotional burnout. The organization has to provide education, counselling and allow nurses to grieve. Some nurses preferred informal peer support (cite) but the organization should also cater for nurses that would like to have a group counselling. As well as developing a culture that is more open to the reporting of occupational and emotional fatigue so that nurses do not have to suffer in silence and receive the help that they need. I strongly believe that the more accessible support is to me as new graduate, the less chances I have of developing emotional fatigue in the

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