Eradicate Burnout in Your Infection Prevention Team

June 29, 2021 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
APIC 2021

The role of the infection preventionist is defined by expectations to eliminate healthcare associated infections (HAI), minimize risk, and prevent the spread of COVID-19. These expectations can feel unachievable at times, they may even lead to burnout. COVID-19 has hit pandemic proportions; at the same time burnout has become epidemic in healthcare. Research demonstrates that between 35 and 54 percent of nurses and doctors experience burnout. The personal impact of burnout is staggering; the impact to the entire healthcare system is dramatic as well. Burnout is implicated in increased HAIs, worse patient outcomes, increased staff turnover, and decreased staff engagement. Burnout is frequently considered a personal problem and staff may attempt to hide it from their colleagues. This response is understandable but does not solve the problem of burnout. Preventing and recovering from burnout is possible. The key to eradicating burnout for yourself and your team starts with an understanding of burnout and the factors that enhance and those that deplete our personal agency, or capacity to get things done. Understanding these key factors provides a foundation to build our knowledge and skills for impacting burnout. Together we will identify those factors that impact your personal agency and gain an understanding of personal expectations that can lead to burnout. Learning to align expectations and results, while developing a realistic view of our perceived results builds a resilience that rescues those in burnout and helps them to avoid it in the future. You will develop an understanding about burnout, necessary skills, and the tools necessary to eradicate burnout for yourself and those you care about.


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