By April Hunt
February 7, 2019
The same factors that drive many into nursing – the appeal of being a caregiver and connecting with people by helping – can turn into very emotional demands that can lead to nurse burnout.
As early as 2008, a study from researchers at the University of Akron and Ohio Department of Health showed the pressure to cover up feelings of stress helped lead to the emotional exhaustion that increasingly characterizes this demanding profession. Such burnout has prompted as many as half of U.S. nurses to consider leaving the field.
The first step to avoiding burnout is to know the signs of the physical, mental and emotional weariness that can compound over time.