Nursing can be a demanding job, particularly when working in a high-stress area such as the Emergency Department.

Nurses are often left physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted as they contend with: long shifts; internal rotation; acute care provision; role diversity; increased workloads; and a busy stressful work environment.

Recognising and managing burnout will prevent you from becoming disillusioned, protect your passion for nursing, but most importantly, help you to take care of your own wellbeing.

Within this module are resources that will help you recognise burnout and learn prevention strategies.

Recognising Burnout

The Tell Tale Signs of Burnout … Do You Have Them?
Burnout is one of those road hazards in life that high-achievers really should be keeping a close eye out for, but sadly—often because of their “I can do everything” personalities—they rarely see it coming.

How to Tell You Have Reached the Point of Burnout
If you are experiencing high amounts of stress in your lifestyle, it’s important to maintain an awareness that burnout could potentially be looming in the future if you don’t take steps to avoid it.

Burnout Prevention and Treatment
Techniques for Dealing with Overwhelming Stress

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Manomenidis, G., Kafkia, T., Minasidou, E., Tasoulis, C., Koutra, S., Kospantsidou, A., & Dimitriadou, A. (2017). Is self-esteem actually the protective factor of nursing burnout? International Journal of Caring Sciences, 10(3), 1348-1359.

Rozo, J. A., Olson, D. M., Thu, H., & Stutzman, S. E. (2017). Situational factors associated with burnout among Emergency Department nurses. Workplace Health & Safety, 65(6), 262-265. doi:10.1177/2165079917705669

Sanches, G. F., do Vale, B. C., de Souza Pereira, S., de Almeida, C. C., Preto, V. A., & Sailer, G. C. (2017). Burnout syndrome among graduates of undergraduate nursing course. Journal of Nursing UFPE / Revista de Enfermagem UFPE, 11(1), 31-39. doi:10.5205/reuol.9978-88449-6-1101201705

Schwab, D. (2016). Hidden grief and lasting emotions in Emergency Department nurses. Creative Nursing, 22(4), 249-253. doi:10.1891/1078-4535.22.4.249

Vermeir, P., Blot, S., Degroote, S., Vandijck, D., Mariman, A., Vanacker, T., . . . Vogelaers, D. (2018). Communication satisfaction and job satisfaction among critical care nurses and their impact on burnout and intention to leave: A questionnaire study. Intensive & Critical Care Nursing, 48, 21-27. doi:10.1016/j.iccn.2018.07.001

Wolf, L. A., Perhats, C., Delao, A. M., Moon, M. D., Clark, P. R., & Zavotsky, K. E. (2016). “It’s a Burden You Carry”: Describing Moral Distress in Emergency Nursing. JEN: Journal of Emergency Nursing, 42(1), 37-46. doi:10.1016/j.jen.2015.08.008