What is the Experience of Burnout Syndrome for Mental Health Nurses?

3688 Words Jun 16th, 2018 15 Pages
This research proposal is a literature review designed to answer the question “what is the experience of burnout syndrome for mental health nurses?” In order to answer this question, background information will be gathered by the way of the literature review and the essential points will be discussed under the appropriate headings. Under the heading the concept of burnout there is a discussion on workplace pressure and workplace stress which leads into a discussion on the concept of the burnout syndrome and the deteriorating effects it has on a number of mental health nurses. Under the heading the phenomenology of depersonalization and derealization is a discussion relative to these concepts with particular mention concerning the role …show more content…
Introduction

Occupational stress causes emotional and oft times harmful response to the demands of the activity of mental health nursing and the nurse’s emotional capability. The environments in which mental health nurses are employed often generate high levels of stress due to the nature of the consumers being treated therein. Stress related disorders do occur among all nurses, in various hospital departments and in community nursing, but in particular amongst mental health nurses even though they are trained specifically to cope with this phenomenon. Unfortunately the presence of high levels of stress in a mental nurse’s everyday working life may lead to emotional withdrawal and the development of the insidious burnout syndrome which may not be recognised immediately by the affected nurse.

Workplace pressure

Wilkins (2007) write that write’s that work pressure varies according to the logistical features of employment such as the shifts and the hours worked. Nurses whose schedule were other than normal daylight hours are more likely to report high levels of pressure, which may be significant enough to impair the physical-self, cognitive
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