More than half of nurses are burned out. The consequences are severe. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses around the country reported feeling overworked and burned out. In a recent survey, the American Nurses Association found that 62% of nurses report symptoms of burnout. Burnout, characterized by energy depletion or exhaustion, job-related feelings of negativism or cynicism, and reduced professional efficacy, is not unique to nurses, with other types of health professionals and industries also experiencing high rates.
In our latest Quality Outlook blog post in the Journal of Clinical Pathways, Real Chemistry Partner Tom Valuck, Senior Project Managers Rachael Peroutky and Tess Donckels, and Project Analysts Sarena Ho, Katie Schultz, and Sara Khan Shirsekar discuss this experience that is so common that the World Health Organization included burnout in the International Classification of Diseases as an occupational phenomenon.