I need input from working RNs for research

  1. I'm an ADRN student at Reading Area Community College in PA. I'm doing a research paper on burnout and need to know what RNs know about the subject. There are 4 simple questions to answer
    1. What is burnout
    2. Causes and symptoms of
    3. Recognizing the problem
    4. What can nurses do about it? (changes or prevent burnout)

    The information I obtain will be used in a clinical narrative about my research. Please reply with RACC BURNOUT PROJECT in the letter subject. Include your initials, area or specialty where you work, and years that you have worked within your text.
    Thank you Please reply to tmorgan787@aol.com
  2. 2 Comments

  3. by   Patience911
    I work medical oncology, have been a nurse for 9 years. I am not an expert on the subject of burnout but have seen it and felt it!

    1. Burnout is a condition that occurs when a person feels little or no control over their work situation, and results in feelings of hopelessness, depression, even hatred for their work. It can be a slow insidious process, and usually involves a large gap between the individuals expectations of how their job should be and the reality of their workplace.
    2. Causes of burnout are stress, lack of control, or feelings of lack of imput into one's work. Other factors that contribute are increased work load, breakdown in communication, sometimes harrassment in the workplace. (I'm sure many nurses could add others).
    Symptoms range from feelings of anger, depression, migraine headache, stomach upset, fatigue, muscle aches and pain, nervousness, insomnia, nightmares about work,and I'm sure others.
    3. Some individuals have difficulty recognizing the problem. They may feel more irritable more often, short tempered, or just start feeling dread when they have to go to work. Some people just quit their jobs, others feel trapped and keep slooging away, their performance deteriorating until they have a nervous breakdown.
    4. What can nurses do? Support each other first and foremost. If a co-worker seems to be suffering from these symptoms, try to talk to them in private first. Some nurses are not aware that they are showing signs of burnout and may want to talk. Others may just tell you where to stick it. Being able to discuss how they are feeling may help them realize that others feel the same and they are not alone. I have seen quite alot of informal group therapy among the nurses where I work just on breaks and it can be the start of empowerment for the staff. If enough nurses get together and start to identify where the problems in the workplace are, then things can change in the workplace. A person feeling "extra crispy" has a number of options they can try. One is to try to change the workplace, a second is to go work some place else, a third and not the best option is the individual decides to lower their expectations, standards or what ever and just show up for the paycheque. I am sure that we have all worked at least once in our careers with one of the latter.

    Hope this helps and good luck with your research.


    P.S. I tried to e-mail you but my computer wouldn't let me.
  4. by   thisnurse
    if i answer this do i get a free dinner or coupons or something?