Strategies to assist prevention of burnout in nursing staff
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Strategies to assist prevention of burnout in nursing staff

Christina Fearon staff nurse, Whipps Cross University Hospital, London
Maggie Nicol Professor of clinical skills, City University, London

This article explores strategies that nurses can use to protect themselves from burnout. The literature emphasises the need for organisational reform to prevent burnout. In the absence of organisational change the use of problem-focused strategies and emotion-focused strategies, such as reflection, may offer some protection against burnout. There is evidence that improving nurses’ wellbeing results in better patient care.

Nursing Standard. 26, 14,35-39. doi: 10.7748/ns2011.12.26.14.35.c8859

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