Essay: Nursing Burnout
Nursing burnout is not a new topic. In fact, it’s backed up by years and years of research and studies around the world. Many scholars and experts have tried to study the burnout’s effects in the nursing profession, which ultimately affects patient outcomes. According to a survey of nurses from 711 hospitals in five countries, including the United States, Canada, England, Scotland and Germany in 1998–1999 (Aiken et al, 2001), more than 40% of US nurses are dissatisfied with their jobs. More than 33% of nurses in England and Scotland and more than 20% nurses in the US planned to leave their jobs in the next year.
This survey reveals that nursing burnout in developed countries has become commonplace and poses a threat to the healthcare systems. In developed countries, the situation for nurses is even worse. It is highly probable that nursing burnout, unless handled appropriately, will reduce healthcare standards internationally (Lei et al., 2010, p. 844). Burnout leads to job dissatisfaction, which in turn leads to more and more nurses changing their careers. For a profession with such problems with retention and shortages, this is definitely not a good thing. The world will eventually watch helplessly as this vicious cycle keeps repeating itself, as burned-out nurses leave their profession which leads to nursing shortage, and ultimately leads to poor patient care and a broken healthcare system.