An Assessment on Nurse Practitioner Burnout Rates

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Retaining providers has been an increasing issue in Maine specifically in rural parts of the state. Part of the problem lies in the shortage Maine is facing with primary care providers and with that comes the long hours, over-worked and under-appreciated providers. At a time where fewer people are choosing to work in primary care, the state of Maine is faced with a setback that will result in a dramatic increase in its demand for Nurse Practitioners (NP’s). In order to explore further why NP’s are facing burnout rates and leaving jobs due to poor satisfaction with work one must look further into the demographics of the area and patient to provider ratios. The stress of burnout for Nurse Practitioners is even more inadequate in rural parts of the state. Nine counties in Maine all have greater than 80% of their population in rural areas. This is concerning for practitioners and patients due to the type, amount and quality of care patients are receiving. A systematic review collected data from CINAHL, EBSCO and NCBI using keywords such as, Nurse Practitioner, burnout, fatigue, Maine, nursing and rural. The literature suggests first to identify local issues, this will give guidance to management on where to go with implementing changes. Common findings other than hiring more providers includes delegating work, relaxation techniques and educating the patients (and public) better. In doing so, this helps decrease the burden on Practitioners and will help improve patient care and decrease chronic diseases.

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