The U.S. nursing shortage is projected to grow to 260,000 RNs by 2025 – twice as large as any nursing shortage experienced in this country since the mid-1960s. The ongoing shortage has been shown to be directly related to the high turnover among nurses as a result of burnout. The problems of burnout/nursing shortage often escalate into job dissatisfaction, which in turn leads to further burnout, additional turnover, and inadequate staffing.  It is important to recognize the potential causes of burnout and any burnout warning signs that may accompany them.

Causes of burnout include:

  • Relentless Stress
  • Lack of Support
  • Un-meetable Expectations
  • Competing Objectives
  • Role Ambiguity
  • Role Conflict
  • Role Overload
  • Inconsequentiality
  • Isolation
  • Autonomy

Quick-fix solutions often hide the problem rather than deal with the underlying causes and have still not helped to reverse the underlying nursing shortage issue. One of the most important “cures” for burnout is regular self-care- including physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual care. To learn more about self-care for personal and professional transformation, stream the 2015 Integrative Healthcare Symposium recorded presentation.