Running head: DEVELOPING ORGANIZATIONAL POLICIES AND PRACTICES 1 Developing Organizational Policies and Practices for Nurse Burnout Holly Bowling Walden University Interprofessional Organization and Systems Leadership NURS-6053N-31 Dr. Vannesia Morgan-Smith September 12, 2019
DEVELOPING ORGANIZATIONAL POLICIES AND PRACTICES 2 Nurse Burnout and Healthcare Organizations Nurse burnout is a significant problem affecting all areas of nursing and is associated with significant personal suffering and high rates of nurse turnover. During the past several decades, many studies have shown that unfavorable job characteristics may have a strong relationship with job stress and burnout. Efforts to fully understand the variables that explain burnout are needed. Healthcare facilities need to investigate further implementing specific policies or protocols to help alleviate the issue of nurse burnout while maintaining ethical standards. The following analysis will discuss the national healthcare issue of nurse burnout and the impact it has on healthcare organizations, as well as strategies that might be used to address the organizational impact of nurse burnout. Impact of Nurse Burnout on Healthcare Organizations “Nurse burnout is a widespread phenomenon characterized by a reduction in nurses’ energy that manifests in emotional exhaustion, lack of motivation, and feelings of frustration that may lead to reductions in work efficacy” (Mudallal, R. H., Othman, W. M., & Al Hassan, N. F., 2017). Common burnout symptoms may include physical or emotional exhaustion, as well as a low sense of personal accomplishments. Unfortunately, there is not much if any information on nurse burnout in the healthcare organization I currently reside. After looking through the website and speaking with fellow nurse leaders, I was unable to find any programs for this specific issue. Fortunately, in the facility I am currently working, nurse burnout does not seem to be much of an issue at hand. Other healthcare organizations, such as the Cleveland Clinic have taken an initiative to incorporate Mindfulness interventions that will “provide caregivers with practical, easy-to-use tools and resources to build their resilience” (Williamson, A., 2017, April 17). Paul Rothman, CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine stated that “we will not survive if we don’t take
DEVELOPING ORGANIZATIONAL POLICIES AND PRACTICES 3 better care of ourselves and the people who work here”, therefore implementing an Office of Well-Being which is aimed at removing the barriers to a productive, joyful and healthful workplace (Nitkin, K., 2018, November 06). Studies have shown many factors that contribute to a negative work environment and nurse burnout. Adams, A., Hollingsworth, A., & Osman, A., suggest that poor subjective satisfaction is one of the more significant factors that lead to nurse burnout and resignation.
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