Burnout in the Nursing Environment Introduction Burnout is best defined as “a psychological syndrome of exhaustion, cynicism and inefficacy which is experienced in response to chronic job stressors” ( Laschinger & Finegan , 2009). All nurses are susceptible to burnout which also affects the patient and organization. Effects on nurses Burnout always leads to emotional exhaustion for nurses so that they no longer have the resources for caring Burnout results in nurses not believing that patients can be helped ( Laschinger & Finegan , 2009) Nurses experience a poor psychosocial work environment Nurses feel frustrated and useless because of the imbalance between effort and reward Effects on patients Burnout impacts on patient safety...The end:
..... are initiated and changes made on the organizational level, the effects of these interventions will continue for one year (Awa & Plaumann ). When nurses take part in organizational interventions they are not as vulnerable to burnout as are other nurses. However, the most successful preventive strategies result from a combination of those devised by the individual nurse along with others developed by the organization. On the organizational level interventions must change the nursing environment so that it becomes more positive. References Awa, W. & Plaumann , M. (2010). Burnout prevention. Patient Education and Counseling, 78, 184-190. Laschinger , H. & Finegan , J. (2009). New graduate burnout. Nursing Economics, 27(6), 377-85.