Here is an article form the nursing times. Backs up what I have always thought.
So if nurses loose compassion and burn out after 2 years qualified,
that's 5 years practicing, I nursed (non qualified) from 2002-2007, right on target
for burn out.
I don't want to work for the NHS long term
Nurses 'lose' compassion in first two years of practice
21 April 2009 | By Helen Mooney
The erosion of compassion starts early in nurses' careers, according
to a new report by the healthcare think tank the King's Fund.
The perception that nursing is becoming less compassionate has
prompted both the government and individual trusts to explore ways of
measuring nurses on their levels of compassion.
A new King's Fund report Enabling Compassionate Care in Acute Hospital
Services concludes that nurses need better support during the earliest
years of their career if they are to be more compassionate to
The full report, seen by Nursing Times, said that while most students
entered health care because they wanted to make things better, after
qualifying they become less empathetic and more distanced from
'Newly qualified nurses have a coherent and strong set of espoused
ideals around delivering high-quality, patient centred, holistic and
evidence-based care,' the report stated.
'However, within two years in practice the majority of these nurses
experienced frustration and some level of burnout as a consequence of
their ideals and values being thwarted.'
The King's Fund also warned that if trusts placed too much emphasis on
finance then levels of compassion among their nursing staff were
likely to suffer as a result.
'If finance and productivity are perceived as being the only things
that matter it can have profound negative effects on the way staff
feel about the value placed on their work as caregivers,' it stated.
'This makes it more difficult to cope with the inevitable emotional
and psychological demands of the job.'
The report recommended that more emphasis needed to be placed on the
'human aspects' of clinical care in pre-registration training, with
'values' of showing compassion 'instilled'.
Additionally, it called on trusts to better support nurses in dealing
with the stress they faced working on the frontline, which could
It said NHS trusts would do well to offer regular support through
groups and stress management workshops to staff.
'The regular support of a group of colleagues who face similar
situations can be an ideal opportunity to speak out about traumatic
and difficult encounters and dilemmas faced recently,' the report