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1Nursing BurnoutStudent NameNursing, Southern New Hampshire UniversityNUR-300 Scholarly InquiryInstructor NameDate
Nursing BurnoutThe nursing profession requires the physical, emotional, and mental capacity to give to and care for others both in and out of the workplace. Nurses are required to think critically, to problem solve, andmake responsible decisions to improve outcomes for the lives they are entrusted with. These expectations combined with long work hours, staffing shortages, work overload and ever-changing policies and protocols lead to burnout amongst nurses. This paper will explore the nursing practice issueof nursing burnout and the many aspects of healthcare that affect this issueNursing Practice IssueNurse burnout is a significant issue in healthcare and is quickly reaching healthcare crisis levels (Carthon et al., 2020). The negative effects of nurse burnout can be seen in nurses, patient outcomes, and in healthcare institutions (Bakhamis et al., 2019). Ozgur and Tektas (2018) describe the burnout process as occurring in three stages. The first stage occurs on an emotional level after emotional resources are taxed, followed by the second stage that results in relationship limitations and psychological distancing (Ozgur & Tektas, 2018). The final stage reveals limiting contributions to the workplace which leads to feelings of inadequacy with the work (Ozgur & Tektas, 2018). Nurse burnout is caused by many issues such as inappropriate nurse to patient staffing ratios, poor healthcare organization working conditions, and long work hours (Bakhamis et al., 2019). Some of the consequences of nurse burnout include high rates of nurse turn over, missed patient care, poor job satisfaction, and poor patient satisfaction (Carthon et al., 2020). , The psychological and physical effects of nurse burnout limit a nurse from their full potential in the workplace and in their nursing careers. It is important that nurses are provided with the proper support systems to reduce and prevent burnout. RationaleNurses play a vital role in healthcare, and nurse burnout is a significant concern to be reviewed. Nurse burnout has far reaching effects. It can directly affect the nurse and cause psychological, physical, 2
financial, and legal distress (Harvey et al., 2020). Nurse burnout can also directly affect patient care outcomes (White et al., 2019). Suggestions to reduce nurse burnout often focus on the organization’s role in causing the phenomenon (Carthon et al., 2020; Harvey et al., 2020). In order to suggest solutions to reduce and prevent nurse burnout, the existing research should be fully reviewed, and the various causes and consequences of nurse burnout must be analyzed. Appraisal of ResourcesThere has been extensive research done on the topic of nurse burnout, and it is still considered to be an epidemic (Bakhamis et al., 2019). Additional research is currently being done because of the COVID-19 pandemic and fallout seen in nursing and healthcare. The nursing profession is a respected