Nursing Work Burnout

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The Nursing Career and Stress and Work-Related Burnout Working in the healthcare field can be overwhelming because of the continuous exposure to stressful events such as illnesses and death. Additionally, healthcare workers may suffer from high work demands such as long working hours, healthcare team relationship issues, and shortage of staff. To contribute with tension, these workers may also be exposed to daily unrelated work problems such as lack of personal time, family and financial issues. Many nurses are often exposed to these stressors and consequently are troubled with job dissatisfaction and burnout because of an imbalance between their work environment and personal life. The nursing profession alone can be very demanding and due…show more content…
These difficulties are particularly seen in hospitals and nursing homes. Emergency department nurses are highly exposed to these problems, which could lead to Minor Psychic Disorders (MPD). MPD is defined as “non-psychotic symptoms, such as insomnia, fatigue, irritability, forgetfulness, difficulty in concentrating, and somatic complaints” (Urbanetto, Magalhaes, & Maciel, 2013). The detrimental impact of lack of personal time during shifts affect the nurse’s working capacity and expose patients to inappropriate care. These physical and psychological demands are under the nurses control and it should be address as soon as noticed with supervisors and people in the position of power. Studies have shown that in order for one to function properly at work, lunch-breaks must be provided as a time for the employee to change the environment, personal nutritional status to be met, and time for relaxation, away from patients and the…show more content…
There are a variety of coping strategies such as physical activities and mental exercises that can help with the coping ability. According to the book, Nursing Today Transition and Trends, engaging in daily physical activities such as jogging or walking for thirty-minutes or more, and for at least three to six hours a week, can benefit one’s health tremendously. Moreover, these activities serve as a physical and mental escape from regular stressors. Other ways to promote physical activity are to “park the car farther away from the entrance door, use the stairs instead of the elevator whenever possible, and stretch” (Zerwekh & Garneau, 2018, p. 42). These behaviors, promote physical engagement and increase the heart rate, which is a positive factor to one’s

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