Developing resilient nurses and work environments can help organizations prevent burnout.
The Joint Commission released an advisory urging health-care organizations to promote resilience as a way to combat and prevent nurse burnout.
“Developing resilience to combat nurse burnout,” in The Joint Commission’s Quick Safety newsletter, notes that 15.6% of all nurses in a survey of more than 2,000 healthcare partners reported experiencing burnout “with emergency room nurses being at a higher risk,” which can affect the physical and emotional health of staff, as well as patient safety, mortality, and satisfaction.
According to data presented in the article, omitting nurses from the decision-making process, security risks, a need for more autonomy, and staffing challenges are the most common factors associated with nurse burnout.
To promote resilience in nurses and in the work environment, which can help prevent and reduce burnout among nurses and other front-line staff, health-care organizations should consider a number of strategies, including the following:
• Teach nurses and nurse leaders the elements of resilience, such as empowerment and colleague support, and how to identify symptoms of burnout.
• Provide positive role models and mentors.
• “Engage nursing input in staff meetings by posting an agenda and asking for additional items the nurses would like to discuss or present.”
• Measure the well-being of health-care providers; try interventions and then assess their effectiveness.
The article also notes that “mindfulness and resilience training alone cannot effectively address burnout unless the leadership is simultaneously reducing and eliminating barriers and impediments to nursing workflow, such as staffing and workplace environment concerns.”
The Joint Commission.. Quick Safety. 2019;(50):1-4.