Burnout

To reduce burnout and turnover, improve family-staff relationships

To reduce burnout and turnover, improve family-staff relationships

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People who travel tend to be happier with their jobs and companies than those who don't. This is a research finding that long-term care managers and operators definitely should heed.

Why I stay in the game: A determined nursing home administrator

Why I stay in the game: A determined nursing home administrator

There has been a lot of buzz generated by Julie Boggess' piece on leaving the profession from at least a bit of burnout. I am choosing something different. I am choosing to make a difference in the profession, teaching the leaders of the future and doing my best to implement this stuff in my building.

Give yourself the gift of chilling out this holiday season

Give yourself the gift of chilling out this holiday season

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Taking time to step back and reevaluate how you're using your time — and if you're a manager, how your employees are faring this time of year — can pay off big time.

Managers need better understanding of nurses' stress, burnout, study shows

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Healthcare managers have a "big role" when it comes to the health and stress levels of the nurses they employ, according to the authors of a new study on stress in nursing. In particular, they lamented a lack of understanding or appreciation of 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.