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The Impact of the Nurse Shortage and Nurse Burnout

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, November 4th, 2014

Working in a very stressful, demanding environment takes a toll on nurses and increases nurse burnout – adding to the nursing shortage. Two factors play a major role in nurse burnout: 1) Lack of support from employers, and 2) Lack of confidence that comes with experience.

burned out lionEven more astounding is the impact that nurse burnout can have on patient care. Studies have found that inadequate nurse staffing correlates to higher patient mortality.

What are your facility’s strategies for decreasing nurse burnout and increasing patient care and satisfaction? Are your nurses living a life of balance? Is self care a part of their daily routine? When your nurses have proper work life balance the incidents of nurse burnout will decrease drastically.

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One response to “The Impact of the Nurse Shortage and Nurse Burnout”

  1. Barb E, RN says:

    There is not a nursing shortage, there is a shortage of trained nurses for acute care. Hospitals have not been hiring and training many new graduates in a very long time. The shortage is for traveling nurses, at least in my area. I believe this is also true of other major metropolitan areas.
    Hospitals only look at at RN’s with at least a bachelors degree in nursing. Therefore, the grad is probably in debt which will take years to pay off.
    Many very intelligent RN’s from ADN programs have been unable to obtain a acute care hospital job. Some are in long term care, but the intelligent ones will not be able to stay without the mental stimulation. A bachelor’s degree, masters or doctorate does not confer the intelligence needed to become a part of the ever changing medical environment.
    This is a serious loss of the some of the brightest and most empathetic nurses I have ever run across. Patients will suffer and the computer heavy and tightly controlled environment medical facilities have turned into may have lost the true leaders of nursing in this century. These highly flexible and dynamic individuals choose to study years and years of per-requisites, applied to numerous nursing schools, put themselves in lottery programs to hopefully be chosen for acceptance in a ADN program. Many do not have any parent assistance and would never have been able to afford a bachelor’s program. These programs are much more affordable then the anything comparable. Many of them are just as rigorous as the bachelor programs with as much or more clinical time. The pool of candidates is often more experienced in other areas and many have bachelors degrees from previous schooling.
    So don’t ever say there is a nursing shortage! I have and ADN and bachelors degree from UC Berkeley. I refuse to throw more of my hard earned money into a more advance degree without a RN job to help fund this exploit. After over 700 applications all over the country, I have decided to change directions. I may or may not have been a great assess to the changing environment that nurses will be dealing with in the coming years. But we will never find out. I know there are lots of RN’s, smarter than me, who need to be in this quagmire for all of those effected by illness.
    It is too bad that nursing has taken this direction to move forward.
    I am wondering if the constant contact with MD’s and their often offensive comments to nurses an other medical personnel have created the environment that make RN’s crave more and more degrees (often from for profit universities) to prove they are intelligent?

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