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Running head: NURSE BURNOUT AND THE EFFECT ON HEALTHCAREAnalysis of a Pertinent Healthcare IssueInterprofessional Organizational and Systems LeadershipWalden UniversityDr. Rosemary MC Williams HagginsNURS 6053C1
NURSE BURNOUT AND THE EFFECT ON HEALTHCAREThe nursing profession makes up one of the highest occupations in healthcare (United States Department of Labor, 2015). The occupational specialty spans from caring for the geriatricpopulation to the delivery of children for patients in obstetrics. This report will focus specificallyon the Emergency Department (ED) nurses and the stress and possible burnout they endure, thus affecting the healthcare system.The ED can be a challenging place to work for the seasoned nurse, nevertheless novice nurses. The ever-changing challenges on healthcare have made it difficult to do more with less, and it seems as the nursing staff has taken a hard hit when it comes down to achieving the goals set forth by the hospital and national standards in the care that is delivered. The nurse to patient ratio is four to one a change administration has made from the previous patient to nurse ratio of three to one due to lack of changes in patient satisfaction scores. The move has placed on due stress on the nursing staff because the patients’ core morbidity has increased making for an increase in patient acuity levels. According to Ríos-Risquez & García-Izquierdo, (2016) patient satisfaction had little to do with the work performance of the nurse on the contrary most patients were satisfied with the nursing staff and less satisfied with providers and wait times. The ability to care for patients is a fundamental goal of nursing even if the goal is to see as many patients as one can and rush them out of the door. Documentation of nursing care is essential for accountability and reimbursement purposes, but it seems to be more important than caring for the patients who place stress on the