Brian Thomas


This study explores the pervasiveness of job fatigue in Emergency Room nurses. It identifies factors that contribute to nurse burnout, including job dissatisfaction and workplace bullying, and explores strategies for assessing and reducing fatigue syndrome. As the literature suggests, there is a link between nurse burnout and patient safety. These findings are expected to help organizations develop strategies to reduce stress in the workplace and develop wellness programs. Upon using an interviewing process, the study found several themes that pointed to the key factors of increased ER nurse burnout, and provided several implications as to the changes that need to be made to improve the ER department environment. Some of the key findings included the need to hire more staff, make supervisors and management more approachable and available, and increasing support to ER nurses. Doing so will clearly help mitigate the problem of high stress levels among ER nurses and help to prevent the likelihood of burnout.

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Dissertations (EdD) -- Organizational leadership; Burn out (Psychology) -- Prevention; Emergency medical personnel -- Job stress; Nurses -- Psychology -- Case studies

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Graduate School of Education and Psychology



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Madjidi, Farzin;