Burnout

Preventing burnout in long-term care

Preventing burnout in long-term care

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In my recent post, "Stuff I won't do for residents and why your staff shouldn't either," I wrote about the need for individual workers to set appropriate boundaries around caregiving in order to retain the ability to give without burning out. In this article, I examine more closely the symptoms of burnout and ways facilities can reduce its likelihood — which is particularly important given the link between burnout and turnover.

Increasing cynicism is No. 1 predictor of nursing home administrator turnover, research shows

Increasing cynicism is No. 1 predictor of nursing home administrator turnover, research shows

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Nursing home administrators with high levels of cynicism related to a feeling of professional burnout are most likely to leave their job, suggests new research from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Stuff I won't do for residents and why your staff shouldn't either: preventing burnout in LTC

Stuff I won't do for residents and why your staff shouldn't either: preventing burnout in LTC

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In my last post, I wrote about some of the many things I do for residents as a long-term care psychologist. The astute reader will note that most of the tasks were accomplished during work hours and within the facility. There's a reason for that.

Caregiving in California

Caregiving in California

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For all of the holiday joy in many of our lives, if there's a time of year people feel burned out, it's probably about now.

On the other side of long-term care

On the other side of long-term care

Here I am in my 40th year of long-term care. It is often said that you cannot teach an old dog new tricks, but that is not totally true. You can teach an old dog new tricks; it's just extremely difficult. In the case of this old dog, it took a near-death experience.

Study shows long nursing shifts lead to dropouts, unhappy patients

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Nurses who work long shifts are more likely to leave the profession, and also have dissatisfied patients, a new study finds.

Give unto others

Give unto others

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Looking for a cure for compassion fatigue? Try reminding your caregivers of the obvious — that their job is all about giving. Trust me, there is some science to this.

Healthcare-acquired infection rates tied to nurse burnout, researchers say

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Healthcare providers looking to reduce facility-acquired infection rates might start by lightening their nurses' patient load, authors of a new report recommend.

Provide employee respite care, watch staff turnover rates drop

Provide employee respite care, watch staff turnover rates drop

Just a year and a half later and I was done. Even for two weeks after the fact, I was numb - completely drained of emotion, lethargic, and avoiding interaction with others. Burnout.

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