Burnout Affects More Than Just Your Nurses
by Angela Brooks
If happy nurse employees are a key component to the business world in taking care of patients. Why are employers ignoring the morale of employees?
When nurses are stressed, over worked, and the “do not” and “cannot” list is larger than the “can do” the morale begins to lower and the results show up in increased absenteeism and employee turnover. Which eventually, will begin affecting patient care.
It is not kept in a bottle on a shelf that gets spilled once in a while. When you have low morale it is like the plaque and takes over the hospital rolling through like slime. It crawls under doors and infects the mood in every room.
Nurses are people too!
Nurses typically work in a fast paced work situation. They watch people hurt, they see them die, they are the ear that listens, the face that gets yelled at, the person who gets the blame when there is no one else to push it over to. Your body aches from helping lift people that are bigger than you. No matter what patient load is, or your staffing is; you are expected to give not good care but great care to all of your patients, mistake free.
Some days it is all about attitude
Nurses rarely work the 9-5 jobs with weekends and holidays off. For 21 years I worked the 6pm-7am shift and every other holiday and missed so many family events that I lost count. It would be a lie to say that it did not bother me – just like it bothers the one that is working with me. However, the mindset that we choose when we walk onto the job can make the shift good or bad. Most of the time I had a crew and we decided to make it the best shift we could, by being with awesome nurses, well, most of them. We have a choice how we are going to feel – it sets the mood for those around you and for the people you are taking care of.
Who cares about Morale?
You should! I should – and those I work with should. The vast majority of work places that have happy loyal employees have figured this out. People do not require an expensive gym membership to keep their employees enthusiastic. Studies have shown that when workers feel they are valued, their productivity increases, and absenteeism, turnover and work-related conflicts decrease.
WHY you need Happy Nurses
A happy nurse’s body language speaks to those around her before she ever says the first word. Her patient knows if she wants to be taking care of them within a few words of conversation.
Burnout affects more than just your nurses. When morale is low, your entire facility is vulnerable to the negative effects of increased absenteeism and employee turnover. And when your staff is stressed, strained and overworked, normal challenges such as fatigue and memory loss can lead to bigger problems that will eventually impact patient care. Give your nurses and support staff the tools they need to work through burnout and get back to doing what they do best taking care of your patients.
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