Burnout affects approximately one-third of all critical care nurses and has long been known to contribute to poor mental health and adversely affect patient care. The impact of workplace climate on burnout has been studied but not in a comprehensive manner that includes objective organizational characteristics.

Swamy and colleagues combined survey data with site characteristics to examine risk factors for burnout in VA intensive care unit nurses. They found that

The authors acknowledge that workplace climate is a complex concept, with various aspects such as perceptions of teamwork, patient experience, workload, supervisors, and senior leadership all affecting burnout. They suggest interventions not only be focused on the individual but also on improving local site climate.

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Caring for a loved one after discharge from the intensive care unit can cause physical and psychological problems such as acute stress, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder for months to years....

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