Nursing Burnout

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    I have observed nursing burnout in several of the hospitals I have been in. What do you feel in the number one cause of nurse burn out and what suggestions do you have for a new nurse to avoid this situation?
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    Quote from mollymoocow
    I have observed nursing burnout in several of the hospitals I have been in. What do you feel in the number one cause of nurse burn out and what suggestions do you have for a new nurse to avoid this situation?
    I'm a new nurse. In January, we swapped roles: He got out of the Air Force (after 10 years) and went back to school; I got out of school after 9 years (and 2 degrees) and went back to work. So... Although I make good money, I don't make as much as my husband did. Fortunately, our income is currently supplemented by his unemployment & GI Bill money. His unemployment runs out in August though, which is financially unnerving. All that being said...

    We thought about me working 1 OT shift per pay period to bring in some extra money. After working for 2 1/2 months now, though, I've realized that -- if I were to do that -- I would burn out in no time fast. While I enjoy my job, it is emotionally and physically demanding. That being said...

    I am very fortunate to have a friend who knows someone who knows someone in home health. Long story short, the HH agency is small and willing to hire me part time (for now, with the future prospect of working full time for them). I will make great money with them, not working nearly as hard or as many hours.

    So... all that is to say that, although I enjoy my job, I KNOW I would not be able to handle OT there. It would ENSURE my burnout. I need to bring in more money, though, and I'm certain I'll love HH, so I've taken this alternate route to secure the finances we'll need.

    I know that was a roundabout answer answer, but that's my personal experience with the prospects of burning out.

    Good luck to you!
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    Being understaffed/ pt ratio-acuity too high. Long hours. Non supportive management who have never worked the floor. Too much value placed on profit. To name a few.
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    Having seen a lot of burn out (and having been there myself), I noticed a common theme of a total lack of having a sense of humor wherever there is burn out taking place. When you can not laugh or joke with your coworkers, the everyday stressors seem to build up and internalize. On the other hand, wherever the staff are encouraged to apply a sense of humor throughout the shift, the workday becomes pleasurable, no matter how intense it may get. It also helps to have a sick sense of humor.
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    I also think working in the same environment long term contributes to burn out. I switch departments about every 5-8 years and in almost 30 years I think this has prevented major burnout. It keeps me curious and learning something new and working with different people. (also, I agree with loracatus....a sense of humor helps a LOT!)
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    I think if nurses felt as though they weren't obligated to take extra shifts, and OT wasn't the norm, that would help alot. Also, if someone would finally do something about the horizontal violence that occurs, instead of just doing studies, that would personally contribute to my job satisfaction. Also, managers who demonstrate understanding, and don't just expect us to keep on keepin' on, for weeks and months of working short, OT and denied vacations.
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    Please keep in mind that I cannot possibly speak for all nurses out there. Therefore, here are a few of the issues that have contributed to my personal burnout (I'm not burned out yet, but approaching it at the speed of light). If you're familiar with my posts, you're probably read this before.

    1. The lack of respect from doctors, patients, family members, coworkers, managers, and society

    2. Too much accountability for patient outcomes without much pay

    3. The managerial view that nurses are warm bodies who simply fill shifts

    4. Low workplace morale that can often be observed at many healthcare facilities

    5. The low self-esteems, passive aggression, and bullying tactics of some nurses

    6. The public's very outdated perception of the nursing profession

    7. The female domination of the nursing profession

    8. The desire for hospital administrators to maximize profit margins, without regard to nursing staff or patient safety

    9. The societal demand that nurses "do it all" while being overworked, understaffed, underpaid, and lacking supplies

    10. The assumption that the nurse is also the customer service rep, bellhop, handmaiden, concierge, waitress, clerk, messenger, courier, pillow fluffer, and receptionist
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    commuter, you forgot to add #11:

    the fact that you work a zillion hrs/week.
    that alone, will escalate the speed of burning out.
    please, remember that.

    leslie
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    Quote from earle58
    commuter, you forgot to add #11:

    the fact that you work a zillion hrs/week.
    that alone, will escalate the speed of burning out.
    please, remember that.

    leslie
    I know, Leslie. I know that I need to lighten my workload.

    It's kinda like the point of diminishing returns: the more I work, the less I enjoy work. If I'm spending a billion hours per week at the same workplace, it's inevitable that I'll grow tired of the job.
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    I know, Leslie. I know that I need to lighten my workload.
    please believe me when i tell you i cringe when i read about all the hours you work.
    just take it from a much older nurse...and someone old enough to be your momma.
    you remind me of my dd...
    except she's only 18 but darn it, she is one motivated young woman.
    you both need to slow down.
    (i refuse to use that finger-wagging icon)

    leslie
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