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Exploring Burnout Among Long-Term Care Staff

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Title:Exploring Burnout Among Long-Term Care Staff
Authors:Abaro, Paola
Contributors:Ayers-Kawakami, Jeanette (instructor)
Daub, Katharyn (instructor)
Keywords:Life change events
Burn out (Psychology)
Older people--Long-term care
Long-term care facilities
Mindfulness (Psychology)
Date Issued:07 Jun 2022
Abstract:Burnout is a mixture of exhaustion and perceived inadequacy caused by long-term job stress. Health care professional burnout is a widespread phenomenon characterized by a reduction in the staff's energy that displays in emotional exhaustion, lack of drive, and feelings of frustration and may lead to reductions in work efficacy. This Practice Inquiry Project (PIP) was conducted to assess burnout among long-term care staff members in a rural hospital and investigated the influence of Areas of Work-life (AWS) playing an essential role in occupational wellbeing and burnout. The Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) and Areas of Work-life (AWS) instrument tools were employed to collect participants' data about organizational factors relevant to developing burnout. This project included educational training which highlighted the importance of mindfulness, characterized as a practice of learning to focus attention on moment-by-moment experiences with a mindset of openness and acceptance in managing stress. The Allostatic Load theory and Demand-Control support model concept were a vital part of the development of this project. Based on the data collected, high levels of Personal Accomplishments are affected by one's ability to loosen up at work and feeling of bringing a positive impact on others. The survey data also revealed that one's values and perception of reward at work play a significant factor in contributing to or managing burnout. The survey results in this project emphasized the role of nurse leaders in improving work conditions through empowerment and motivation by providing education support and recognition to decrease staff members' feelings of burnout and turnover rates and improve the quality of nursing care.
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