Nursing is hard work – not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually. From the beginning of their training, nurses learn that they must cope, be strong and take care of others. They are patient advocates and problem solvers. Fears, frustrations, concerns and complaints from patients and family members are managed by nurses. Physicians’ concerns and frustrations also come to nurses. Nurses are in the middle, striving to provide exceptional care with many factors beyond their control.
This daily reality frequently fosters emotional exhaustion, cynicism and a low sense of personal accomplishment. These are the characteristics of burnout. If unchecked, burnout can lead to a cascade of other problems. To address this growing and often unrecognized issue, LAMMICO has developed a continuing education program designed specifically for nurses.
The video course, “Nurse Well-Being: The Burnout Dilemma,” presents strategies, both personal and institutional, that can be implemented to prevent or mitigate the effects of burnout. To increase awareness of the burnout dilemma, LAMMICO has selected nursing burnout as the topic for the 2018-2019 LAMMICO Patient Safety Award and Grant program.
The Patient Safety Award and Grant is open to all hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers in Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi. The facility that can best demonstrate implementation of strategies that reduce the symptoms of burnout will be awarded:
- A $10,000 grant to the winner of our program to be used for nursing professional development
- A $2,000 grant to an honoree to be used for nursing professional development
- One-year Risk Manager membership to the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM)
- One-year complimentary membership to Medical Interactive Community for all employees to access our risk management and patient safety CME/CNE/MOC courses online