Nursing News: Nurse Burnout Contributes to Nursing Shortage and Declining Patient Care

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, April 23rd, 2012

Nurse burnout  plays a huge role in the nursing shortage, which then negatively affects patient care. Working in a highly stressful and demanding healthcare environment can take a toll on nurses, especially those new to the field. One national study showed that about one in five newly licensed nurses quit within the first year. With lack of support from employers and the confidence that comes with experience, nurse burnout is only heightened.

Even more startling is the impact that nurse burnout can have on patient care. Findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine in March 2011 indicate that inadequate nurse staffing correlates to higher patient mortality. With so many facilities striving to be a 5-Star Facilities, hospital executives need to look at patient care from a 20,000 foot view see what the real disconnect is…nurse burnout.

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