Essay on Burnout Of The Nursing Profession

776 Words Nov 22nd, 2015 4 Pages
Burnout in the Nursing Profession
There are different views on what burnout in the nursing profession is, for example: Lang et al. (2010), states that burnout is a syndrome that encompasses emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and reduced personal accomplishment, while another study states, “burnout is a state of chronic exhaustion when caregivers’ perceived demands outweigh perceived resources” (Potter, Pion, & Gentry, 2015, p. 1). Similar to Lang et al.’s, (2010), research, another article defines burnout as “a well-known phenomenon associated with emotional exhaustion, depersonalisation and an inability to work effectively” (Hegney et al., 2014, p. 507). When experiencing emotional exhaustion, one cannot simply give anymore of oneself to their patients/clients and workplace. Depersonalization in nursing, is stated to be when one feels contempt towards their patients/clients. The feeling that you, as a nurse, are no longer competent and capable of doing your job, and the job is no longer rewarding (Lang, Pfister & Siemens, 2010). In contrast, Mollart, Skinner, Newing, and Foureur (2013), define emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced personal accomplishment slightly different. In nurses, when emotional resources become minimal, and when they distance themselves cognitively and emotionally, is when they are said the be emotionally exhausted. To become uninterested, cynical, to distance oneself from patients by disregarding what makes them unique, and to…

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