Workforce Instability Due At The Nursing Field

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Workforce instability due to “burnout” in the nursing field, as demonstrated by high rates of staff turnover and lingering vacancy rates, continue to be a major challenge facing healthcare organizations in the U.S. According to the Webster’s New World Dictionary, the definition of burnout is “the condition of someone who has become very physically and emotionally tired after doing a difficult job for a long time” (Burnout 2015). The term "burnout" was created in the 1940s, and was used to define when a jet engine stopped working to the point where it was no longer operational. In the 1970’s, human beings began to use this word. a "psychiatrist Herbert Freudenberger used the term to describe the status of overworked volunteers in mental health clinics. He compared the loss of idealism in these volunteers to a building--once a vital structure--that had burned out, and he defined burnout as the progressive loss of idealism, energy, and purpose experienced by people in the helping professions as a result of the condition of their work" (Freudenberger 1970 as cited in Copper, 2001). Though nurses themselves may be overwhelmed, distraught, and unhappy. A high patient-to-nurse ratio have been shown to lead to frustration and job burnout, which is linked to higher turnover. Under these circumstances, nurses leave the industry due to flexibility, to retirement, and to find employment that is less stressful and physically demanding. In order to minimize attrition in the

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