Burnout - From the ER and Beyond, Healthcare Workers at Risk

The global pandemic, which still continues, has forced many healthcare professionals including nurses to work under the constant and unrelenting pressures of overtime and patient loss. That conicides with a work culture and system that often works to undermine alleviating workload for frontline healthcare professionals. The brunt of this reality is held by nurses working amidst the effects of COVID, be it directly with patients, or the spillover from understaffed departments. Burnout is not only real, it's increasing. Nursing, and healthcare professionals, know that their job is fast-paced, sometimes at break neck speed, role that demands significant focus and investment in all ways. That level of service provision dminishes with constant pressures to offer quality care unders stress prolonged over months to years (as is the pandemic reality). This includes mental and physical weight that can have adverse effects on the profession, but most importantly on individual health. We have seen many healthcare professionals, not the least of which are nurses, have to take long extended leave, or worst, leaving the profession entirely because of burnout. The question for discussion is this: How does your workplace treat burnout? The startling reality is that burnout happens, and you need to take care of yourself. However, workplaces seem to ignore this reality and do not have adequate mechanisms in place to help their employees. The culture of overworking is one that's leaving unhealthy nurses in its wake.

 Are there programs in your workplace that are helping?

What have you seen work?

What do you do for yourself to ensure holistic health?

Here is a recent article and study done on burnout for ER nruses.


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