Though not a new phenomenon, workplace burnout is hitting the healthcare industry now more than ever. Nurses, which make up the largest group of the global healthcare workforce at more than 19 million strong, are feeling the effects of a demanding profession coupled with a nursing shortage. Burnout is often described as mental or compassion fatigue and has the ability to affect a nurse’s performance and personal life. “In this critical time in global healthcare, it’s equally important for nurses to promote their own health and safety as they do for their patients,” explains Dr. Andrea Lindell, dean of the School of Nursing at Walden University.
While some nursing specialists—including palliative care, emergency room, and oncology nurses—experience more burnout than others, the reality is that all nurses are susceptible to the unfortunate and sometimes inevitable burnout. According to Medical Solutions, a healthcare staffing company, some of the most common visible signs of nurse burnout include calling in sick, arriving to work late or leaving early, not meeting deadlines, and having relationship issues.
As hospitals and other healthcare centers continually educate nurses on practicing self-care, nurses should also practice the same measures they teach and research, according to the Code of Ethics. To avoid burnout, it’s recommended that nurses:
“Work-life balance differs for everyone, but it’s critical for nurses to undertake measures that put them within reach,” reminds Dr. Lindell.
Examine the biological, psychological, and motivational components that contribute to being “burned out” and learn recovery strategies with this on-demand webinar.—Jen Raider