Preventing Nurse Burnout

Published by Hiro Kawashima on February 13, 2020

A shortage of skilled nurses to serve growing demand has caused significant strain on the current workforce. According to one study, 49 percent of registered nurses under 30 and 40 percent of registered nurses over 30 experience burnout. When nurses get burned out, patient care suffers. Yet 50% of nurses reporting burnout have no plans to leave their organization and continue to serve patients. 

Here are some causes of nurse burnout.

Long Hours

According to Rasmussen College, many nurses cite long work hours as a main source of fatigue. Many nurses work 12-hour shifts and others work overtime hours or are called in when staffing is short. 

Extensive Workloads

When units are short-staffed, nurses are busier. Extensive workloads can cause nurses to feel fatigued and stressed. Fatigued nurses are less attentive which can lead to increases in medical errors and even hospital-acquired conditions. Mary Jim Montgomery, a lifelong nurse and former CNO and COO, shared:

“[The] [k]ey to nurse satisfaction is feeling like you can do a good job [...] And without having the optimal resources, time and energy to put towards taking care of their patients, they often go home feeling dissatisfied and frustrated at the end of the day.”

Prevent Nurse Burnout by Forecasting Staffing Need

With the explosion of available clinical and nonclinical data, it is now possible to accurately determine the demand drivers behind nurse staffing. By using data science, hospitals can forecast patient demand and patient acuity to ensure that the right nurse is with the right patient, at the right time. 

Using Prescience Health’s StaffRight, hospitals are able to ensure optimal nurse-to-patient ratio 91 percent of the time and prevent short staffing. To learn more and schedule a demo, click here. 

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