Studies show that burnout and fatigue increase healthcare cost and decreases organizational profit due to increased rates of employee turnover, decreased employee satisfaction, a decrease in the quality of care provided to patients, and the development of a toxic work environment. The three principal factors of job-related burnout and fatigue will be addressed within the context of this paper including emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and personal accomplishment.
Critical care nurses suffer from feeling emotionally depleted to the point they feel as though they can no longer give anymore of themselves to the patients they care for, which is a result of developing negative and ambiguous feelings. This further results in a feeling of little to no reward for what these nurses do, which leads to dissatisfaction and unhappiness in their working environment. Research also shows that the majority of the time it is not the nurse who burns themselves out, rather it is the working environment in which they are subjected. Nursing leaders must work to design interventional and support programs, along with the use of a wellness room, in order to identify and alleviate job related burnout and fatigue. These methods help provide a means to decrease employee turnover, improve retention rates, increase employee satisfaction, improve the quality of care provided to patients, and to eliminate a hostile work environment.
Date of publication
MSN Capstone Project
Masters in Nursing Administration
Ford, Samantha L., "Burnout and Fatigue: A Potential Downside of the Critical Care Nursing Profession" (2020). MSN Capstone Projects. Paper 92.