Nursing Lifestyle

Overworked Nurses Need Relief from Burnout

Factors for burnout: The nurse-patient ratio, high expectations, and nursing shortage

One of the biggest factors to burnout is the nurse-to-patient ratio. Hospitals often forget to factor in how much care a patient will need when determining how many nurses are needed to staff a floor.

Another factor to nurse burnout is the expectations that are typically placed on nurses. Nurses are being required to take on more complex roles while caring for patients.

Hospitals are realizing that burnout is a significant factor in the nursing shortage, and they are working to develop programs to combat burnout. Some hospitals offer counseling as needed, yoga classes are provided, and massage and acupuncture sessions are encouraged.