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NHS People Plan is refreshingly honest about the causes and extent of nurse burnout

The interim plan’s promise must now be backed up by funding and action
nurse appears stressed as needy hands surround her

The interim plan’s promise must now be backed up by funding and action

Burnout has been included in the new revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), the World Health Organization (WHO) announced in May. It is an ‘occupational phenomenon’, and WHO will develop evidence-based guidelines on mental well-being in the workplace.

WHO has defined burnout as a ‘syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. It is characterized by three dimensions: feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one's job; and reduced professional efficacy’.

Contributing factors that are all too familiar

Type ‘nurse’ and ‘burnout’ into the world’s favourite academic research search engine and you will get about 120,000 results in 0.7 seconds. The two words, unfortunately, go


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