Nurse burnout is a physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion experienced by nurses which negatively affects patient outcomes and leads to job dissatisfaction. The number of nursing negligence lawsuits has increased due to nurse burnout, which is largely caused by organizational factors.
Nursing negligence is an unfortunate and often unavoidable consequence of nurse burnout. Stress, long working hours, infrequent breaks, and rotating shifts slow down reaction times, increases errors, and reduces motivation. All of these factors affect patient care.
There are many things that cause nurse burnout, however, some of the more common causes of nurse burnout include:
1.) Long working hours
Many nurses are working shifts of 12 hours or more at least 5 days a week. These nurses also have few, infrequent breaks, all of which contribute to high levels of stress and fatigue.
2.) Continually expanding role
Nurses no longer have purely clinical roles. Their roles are now ever expanding at the bedside, in the waiting room, in the boardroom, and even in education.
3.) Emotional and Psychological Investment
One of the major roles that nurses undertake is exhibiting high-quality, multi-faceted care towards both patients and their families. Given the toll that illness and suffering have on the emotions of patients and their families, it is up to the nurses to provide emotional support and continuously engage in emotionally taxing conversations. Oftentimes, nurses invest so much in each patient’s well-being that they forget about their own.
4.) Location and Job Environment
Clinics and hospitals located in poorer socio-economic areas take a great toll on the nurses who work in those areas, as there can be a greater threat to their safety as well as severe understaffing problems. Additionally, these healthcare centers are often under-resourced which creates healthcare complications that nurses need to contend with and work around.
5.) Poor Teamwork
Issues that come with working in a group - such as poor communication, conflict, and tension - as well as high expectations and demands from superiors, can be extremely stressful to nurses and can create high levels of anxiety.
Nurse shortages are becoming a global epidemic and it is expected that there will be a debilitating shortage of nursing professionals by 2025. The fewer nurses there are, the more work those nurses who are currently employed will have to endure. Thus, they will be overworked in order to account for the loss of working professionals.
As with all professions, nursing staff needs to perform various administrative tasks. Because the status and progress of each patient have to be documented, nurses are often inundated with paperwork, so much so that it prevents them from performing their other duties. This is very stressful and increases the likelihood of inadequate patient monitoring and increased errors.
To prove that nursing negligence occurred you should consult with an NYC medical malpractice lawyer. This is because the law differs between states and it is best to have a qualified and knowledgeable professional to guide you.
Your NYC medical malpractice attorney will explain the elements of a medical malpractice lawsuit specific to nursing negligence and will explain that you need to prove that malpractice occurred by:
- Indicating that the nurse was responsible for your well-being, and had a duty to take care of you within their professional scope and capacity
- Explaining what the nurse did to breach this duty of care
- Communicating that you sustained your injury due to the nurse’s failure to adhere to their professional duty of caring for you within their professional scope and capacity
- Rationalizing that a causal relationship exists between the nurse’s breach of duty for caring for you and your resulting injury
Your medical malpractice attorney can assist you throughout the process, as well as ensure that it is all done within the statute of limitations specific to NYC.
If you believe that you or a family member may have been a victim of nursing negligence, please contact the medical malpractice lawyers of Rosenburg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff LLP in NYC today and speak to one of our medical malpractice attorneys.
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