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Running Head: NURSING BURNOUT IN THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT Nursing Burnout in the Emergency Department Taryn Keller Walden University NURS 5052/6052 Essentials of Evidence-Based Practice December 10, 2017
NURSING BURNOUT IN THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT Introduction 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 patients. They are the ones dealing with all of the problems the patients have. They manage their care, answer the call lights and provide care for whatever the patient is calling out for. The nurse is also the first one to hear when a patient or family member is upset and want their demands met. Nurses are frontline and deal with issues that are often out of their control. Problem 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 2
NURSING BURNOUT IN THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT (Goodare, 2017). Nurses are feeling overworked, underpaid for their work and long hours, these factors alone contribute to nursing burnout (Goodare, 2017). Exhaustion and shortage will affect patient care and their satisfaction of their entire visit (Goodare, 2017). Early retirement has been speculated to happen as a result of nurses feeling overwhelmed which will affect the nursing profession immensely, losing the experience that needs to be passed down to the younger generation (Goodare, 2017). Significance Related to Nursing Practice Burnout will largely affect nursing practice. If nurses continue to have burnout in the Emergency Department specifically, mass exodus will happen again. Witnessing this first hand, the sight is scary, as it often results in many new inexperienced staff members replacing the seasoned ones.

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