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Nurses Overworked and Burning Out

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, July 17th, 2010

A hospital in Kansas who I have worked with reported that they currently have no openings  are are not recruiting nurses. Instead their nurses were working 12 hour shifts to cover. But instead of three days a week, many were picking up a forth for more money. The result? Their nurses are burning out. Surprised?

Every nurse will admit that increased work leads to increased errors and decreased patient care and satisfaction scores.

This is a poor solution. Hospitals need to recruit nurses and retain nurses…for everyone’s sake.

I can tell you how. Contact me.

One response to “Nurses Overworked and Burning Out”

  1. Jennifer says:

    It is ridiculous the long hours nurses are required to work. 12 hour shifts imposed upon them to keep their jobs…. Understaffed, No support staff.It is only matter of when not if this behavior of Hospital politics and poor management will cause patient deaths. It is not a shortage of nurses it is all about money. Furthermore, most of them are afraid to speak up for fear of losing jobs. They all know someone else is waiting in the wings to grab their job if they complain at all. Do you want to be that patient in the twelth hour with a nurse who is exhausted beyond belief? These are great nurses but they are human.

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