Nurses are a critical part of healthcare and make up the largest section of healthcare professionals in the United States. According to the World Health Organization (2020), there are approximately 29 million nurses and midwives globally. The increasing need for nurses is not a new discovery. According to the American Association of College of Nurses, more registered nursing jobs will be available through 2022 than any other profession in the United States. The number of nurses leaving the workforce each year has been growing steadily from around 40,000 in 2010 to nearly 80,000 in 2020. Nursing burnout is a known issue contributing to nursing turnover and the quality of patient care including metrics such as readmission rates, increased urinary tract infections, and surgical site infections. The persistent question of how to reduce burnout in nursing is an important one whose answer could solve significant problems in healthcare.
Focus groups and other similar interventions have been shown to improve feelings of burnout, coping, and stress. In the oncology population, end of life is a common theme. With nurses at the frontlines, feelings of distress are carried day in and day out. Interdisciplinary debriefs after difficult end of life situation that include healthcare workers from different specialties could decrease feelings of burnout.
The hospital resources necessary complete this project include a team from the Office of Performance Improvement, adequate staffing guarantees to relieve nurses during the debriefs, and support from the interdisciplinary team in the critical care unit, and support from executive nursing leadership. The resources needed to complete the project are minimal and will not require extensive expenditure.
Nurses strive to provide the best care to their patients. According to U.S. Census Bureau, by 2030, the number of residents in the United States aged 65 and over is projected to be 73.1 million, which means there will be an increased need for nursing care. It is necessary to retain nurses by assisting with professional wellbeing and job satisfaction.
Date of publication
MSN Capstone Project
Masters in Nursing Administration
Wilkes, Courtney M., "Using Debriefs to Reduce Nursing Burnout in Nurses Caring for the Oncology Population" (2022). MSN Capstone Projects. Paper 222.