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1Milestone 1Michael SkinnerNursing, Southern New Hampshire UniversityNUR 506 Evidence Based PracticeDr. GibbonsApril 26, 2020
2Milestone 1Research Problem StatementNurse burnout is a problem that effects far too many Registered Nurses (RNs) in the United States. Nurse burnout can be defined as the state of physical and emotional exhaustion caused by the RN being so overwhelmed by work that they feel fatigue, an inability to face the demands of the job, and the inability to meaningfully engage with others. This can cause the affected RN to become cynical, and detached from others, and allow them depersonalize colleagues and patients alike. As time passes, the RN experiencing burnout becomes ineffective at work, and loses the ability to contribute to their patients, and to their unit (Paul, et al, 2018). Rates of RN burnout vary, but some studies put the number as high as 70% (Lyndon, 2015).SignificanceThe number of RNs in the United States is estimated to increase from 2.9 million in 2016 to 3.4 million in 2026. However, it is estimated that (as of 2020) approximately 80,000 experienced RNs leave the workforce each year (Rosseter, 2019). While some of those RNs