NURSING BURNOUT IN THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT
Nursing in the ED is a rewarding but emotionally taxing job.
Dealing with people’s lives
is no easy task.
In this paper, I will discuss the problem that I have identified.
I will complete a
literature review to find evidence to support or disclaim my theory.
The evidence found will be
discussed on how to implement that into changes, and how to implement any changes.
Identifying a Researchable Problem
The Emergency Department (ED) is an intense, fast-paced environment that takes a toll
on its staff. Workers feeling burnout can happen in any profession, but nurses working in high
stressed areas carry this risk at a much higher rate (Majid, Foo, Luyt, Zhang, Theng, Chang, &
Mokhtar, 2011) (Keller, 2017).
Peoples demeanor and attitudes change when they are under a lot
of stress, and that will carry over into their actions.
Nursing care provided to patients will be a
reflection of the burnout the nurse is feeling.
Summary of the Area of Interest
Nursing burnout is a problem that must be addressed as nurses are the backbone of
healthcare in my professional opinion.
Nurses are the staff that spends the most time with
They are the ones dealing with all of the problems the patients have.
their care, answer the call lights and provide care for whatever the patient is calling out for.
nurse is also the first one to hear when a patient or family member is upset and want their
Nurses are frontline and deal with issues that are often out of their control.
The problem with nurses working in the ED that I want to address is the burnout that
happens as a result of being in this environment.
Nursing is the most abundant profession in
healthcare in most areas of the world, shortages are projected as a result of nursing burnout