Burnout is a Human Response to a chronically ignored Human Need, Stress, Frustrations and Work Trauma.
Burnout is a familiar experience for any Nurse and Doctor. The Past is full of them and the Now has even more. Tomorrow and Indefinitely, may get worse with the expected COVID Seasonal Outbreaks year after year.
This I can tell you as part of the Healthcare Workers Pool, that Nurses and Doctors are at the bottom priority of “all” Healthcare Facilities and Organizations. All, not some. None of them are without sin and blame. They just have excellent highly paid Lawyers that fixes things to disappear and create policies that are liability proof.
It’s always Money and Profits first, Administration and Management second, Patients third, Politics and Nepotism fourth, Spotless Public Image fifth, Employees, sixth. Yes, Work Force is the last however long the priorities and importance are. If not, then Stanford Nurses should not be on strike after being used in the worst times of the Pandemic.
As I said before “Nurses and Doctors as Pandemic Heroes” was just a Propaganda both by the Government and Healthcare Companies because they need them to feel motivated. They can not afford to loose money and customers if Frontline Workers for fear of life and health quit or transfer departments or jobs that are less risky and less stressful. It was an effective lie until it wasn’t.
Burnout can not be fixed by Money, Technology, Fakery or Trickery.
We can not Bandaid a Bullshit with a bigger crap.
We can not keep using People till they break down. It’s not healthy and safe to the Employee and their Customers.
Burnout Workers will give Customers substandard service that results to poor customer experience which translates to decrease dollar signs and bad review to the Company or Hospital a Worker represents.
Burnout Workers are prone to make mistakes that will jeopardize Patient Life and Safety. Accidentally killing a Patient have happened. Accidentally harming a Patient have happened. Most are kept from Public. Those who admitted their lethal mistakes will go to jail for Homicide while the Cause of the Workers Burnout gets away with it spotless.
“If I’m a Patient and aware of what’s going on behind the scenes, do I want a Burnout Nurse and Doctor take care of me that may make a mistake?” Of course not. But as a Patient waiting for many hours in the Emergency Room to be seen and treated, I do not have a choice really. Same in a understaff Intensive Care Units and Medical Surgical Units.”
Guilty verdict for Tennessee nurse in case involving medical error has other nurses worried. – Blake Farmer, Marketplace
Understaffing takes away the Patient Right to be treated safely, timely, even kindly. And these are paying customers. Is that fair? Is that just? It that Humane?
The Pandemic clearly shows Doctors and Nurses need to be treated as Human Beings if we want them to last for the many COVID waves and surges of the Future. We can not exploit Professional Healthcare Workers long term, it’s not sustainable. Just like our Natural Resources, they can get depleted. The need for them will just increase whereas replacing them will only get less and challenging. It is already happening.
Personally, my Mental Health and Well Being will never be the same again after having to go through Work Related Traumatic Stress and the Pandemic. People outside Hospitals and Clinics may be rejoicing with normalcy and freedom, but not for those still inside their walls. The Pandemic became an everyday Endemic indefinitely with no rest and breaks.
America has a huge Healthcare Crisis and no one is fixing it right. It’s a Disease in itself and it doesn’t have a cure.
Today, I am a Nurse, Doctor and all Healthcare Workers Advocate. I hope I did not miss anything of everything you experienced and have to experience. We are not alone in our struggles. We do not allow Burnout, Stress and Maltreatment take away our Love and Passion for our Profession, our Patients, our Lives.
We don’t stop just because it’s difficult. There’s Hope and Justice, just slow. Very slow.