Workload crushes young nurses: study

Overwhelming majority of nurses burnout within two years

Nearly two thirds of Ontario nurses report severe burnout symptoms less than two years into their jobs, a new study by researchers at University of Western Ontario, in London, Ont., found.

The survey of 225 junior nurses working in hospitals across the province found that 66 per cent were experiencing emotional exhaustion and depression, mostly because of a crushing workload.

The study, conducted by the university's associate director of nursing research Heather Laschinger, also found that a lack of fairness in the workplace, poor interpersonal relationships and a lack of empowerment all contributed to burnout.

Laschinger's earlier studies showed that 58 per cent of nurses with a range of time on the job reported burnout and 54 per cent of nurse managers also experienced the same condition.

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