Burnout can affect people in all types of careers. However, when nurses burn out, the result is often more dramatic. It could also be a leading contributor to the nursing shortage currently throughout the United States.

A great deal of money in the healthcare industry is spent buying and maintaining equipment, but it cannot be overlooked that a lot of money is spent on paying nurses and healthcare professionals. Nurses and other healthcare professionals are often overlooked and sometimes considered immune to the emotional stress that is prevalent in providing care to patients.

A recent study conducted at the University of Arizona examined whether a positive difference on nurses’ emotional well-being could be accomplished through “compassion practices.”

What are Compassion Practices?

Compassion practices are organizational practices that recognize and reward compassionate care and considerations. There were two types studied:

  1. The rewarding of nurses that go above and beyond providing compassionate care in ambulatory/outpatient clinics.
  2. Programs geared toward addressing the suffering and emotional well-being of nurses at work, including pastoral care or emotional support sessions after going through difficult nursing situations.

Lower Levels of Emotional Exhaustion

The study surveyed 177 nurses spread across 30 ambulatory clinics. These nurses responded that where compassion practices were integrated into their clinic, levels of emotional exhaustion where lessened. Having programs in place to address emotional well-being also correlated to increased levels of psychological energy and vitality.

A surprising result from this study is that the nurses surveyed were not currently using the programs, but spoke highly of them and the fact that they are available if needed. The inference to be drawn from this study is that just knowing the organization has these programs available can help reduce emotional exhaustion that can lead to nurse burnout.

If you’re a nurse feeling burnt out at your workplace, Acclivity Healthcare can help you find the job environment you belong in.

A great deal of money in the healthcare industry is spent buying and maintaining equipment, but it cannot be overlooked that a lot of money is spent on paying nurses and healthcare professionals. Nurses and other healthcare professionals are often overlooked and sometimes considered immune to the emotional stress that is prevalent in providing care to patients.

A recent study conducted at the University of Arizona examined whether a positive difference on nurses’ emotional well-being could be accomplished through “compassion practices.”

What are Compassion Practices?

Compassion practices are organizational practices that recognize and reward compassionate care and considerations. There were two types studied:

  1. The rewarding of nurses that go above and beyond providing compassionate care in ambulatory/outpatient clinics.
  2. Programs geared toward addressing the suffering and emotional well-being of nurses at work, including pastoral care or emotional support sessions after going through difficult nursing situations.

Lower Levels of Emotional Exhaustion

The study surveyed 177 nurses spread across 30 ambulatory clinics. These nurses responded that where compassion practices were integrated into their clinic, levels of emotional exhaustion where lessened. Having programs in place to address emotional well-being also correlated to increased levels of psychological energy and vitality.

A surprising result from this study is that the nurses surveyed were not currently using the programs, but spoke highly of them and the fact that they are available if needed. The inference to be drawn from this study is that just knowing the organization has these programs available can help reduce emotional exhaustion that can lead to nurse burnout.

If you’re a nurse feeling burnt out at your workplace, Acclivity Healthcare can help you find the job environment you belong in.