After living through some of the toughest working days of their lives, nurses across the country are sinking into burnout. How can you avoid this?
Nurses today are experiencing burnout at an alarming rate, leading to an influx of vacancies. The ability to retain staff to deliver quality health services is more important than ever. But what contributes to caregiver burnout and how do you avoid this problem? Here are some effective strategies to help healthcare organizations combat staff fatigue.
Provide support services to all departments
It’s common for each department to have their own set of challenges and workarounds when it comes to their specific job. Offering support services across departments can help nurses feel like they’re not alone in their work-related struggles.
Generally, what happens for one group happens for another, just more specific to that department.
Increase planning flexibility
It can be difficult to create a flexible schedule with high demands in an organization. But by creating a more flexible schedule, you can help support and encourage optimal work-life balance for your nursing staff.
A critical step for more flexibility may require you to hire additional staff, reduce and limit hours in a day, and impose specific days off.
Distribute work responsibilities accordingly
Typically, nursing staff will take on more than their plate can handle. It is crucial to assign specific job responsibilities to people who are equipped to handle them.
Nurses should not spend more than 75% of their time on the job, but rather be in contact with patients and provide quality care. Consider regularly reassigning job responsibilities to ensure reduce overall nursing burden and increase job satisfaction.
Encourage a transparent work environment
Transparency in the workplace is essential. This allows feelings, opinions and collaboration to create a healthy work environment.
Use conference rooms and common areas to bring teams together and bond. Also consider creating an open and anonymous portal or survey to continue listening to staff. This step alone can help prevent a significant amount of nursing staff burnout.
Some of these strategies can be difficult if your organization is experiencing an overall staffing shortage. There are many ways to help existing staff, even if you’re hosting a collaborative meeting. Remember that all health care providers do their best and remain open to new ideas and increased flexibility.