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In this issue: Nurse burnout: Avoiding the loss of critical professionals
|The field of nursing has one of the highest rates of burnout compared to other North American occupations. According to a nursing fact sheet released by the Department for Professional Employees AFL-CIO, there are an estimated 500,000 registered nurses in the U.S. who are not working in their field. Reasons include difficult working conditions, limited staffing and long hours. And many nurses in Canada are likely in a similar predicament, given the equally taxing working conditions. Nursing is among the top ten occupations with the highest levels of on-the-job injury or illness. Five percent of nursing staff report being injured on the job due to assault and more than 60 percent report being forced to work unwanted overtime. These difficult conditions are contributing to burnout and creating somewhat of a retention crisis.This e-newsletter offers tips to healthcare organizations on beating the burnout, which in turn can help providers give better care to patients. Keep reading to find out more.Managing employee stress and fatigue|
Remember, burnout doesn’t have to be part of the job. Fight it with these simple tips and you may benefit from happier employees who provide better patient care.
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Ermak, Lisa. “Beating the burnout: Nurses struggle with physical, mental and emotional exhaustion at work.” Holland Sentinel. N.p., 27 Jan. 2014. Web. Retrieved 18 Dec. 2014.
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