A problem seen in nursing is a shortage and burnout with nurses. This shortage and burnout were noticed more recently with the COVID 19 pandemic. The aging population is aging with the baby boomers and the need for health care services will increase to a hurting shortage already. There are currently approximately one million registered nurses older than 50 years, meaning one-third of the workforce could be at retirement age in the next 10 to 15 years (Haddad, 2022). Many nurses are still mostly females and leave the profession for their family’s needs. Long hours with less time off leads nurses to cut back days of work or leaving to do other things. Many nurses have also become higher educated and take up positions in administration and other areas of health care. Violence in healthcare has also been reported for nursing shortage. While violence affects workers in all occupations, it is thought to be especially prevalent in the health care sector due to occupational characteristics including, but not limited to, long hours; shift work; frequent contact with death; and the lack of human resources, material and equipment (Bernards, 2021). Nursing shortages is having a significant impact in the state of Texas. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies (TCNWS) is part of the Center for Health Statistics at the Department of State Health Services and serves as a resource for data and research on the nursing workforce in Texas. This study is being done to find answers to the shortages.
Nurse burnout can occur when a nurse is overworked, unable to deal with the stressors of the job, or an unhealthy working environment with coworkers. It is characterized by a decline in physical, emotional, and psychological energy resulting from work-related stress (Mudallal, 2017). Many nurses dealing with burnout choice to leave the profession or work less hours. Nurses that are experiencing burnout are less productive and can lead to unfavorable patient outcomes.
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