Nursing Leadership Style and Nursing Burnout

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Nursing Leadership Style and Nurse Burnout

Nursing Leadership Style and Nurse Burnout
Nursing is a stressful and demanding profession. Nurses constantly faced with people’s problems, suffering and needs; puts the nursing profession at a high risk for burnout. Nursing leadership plays a significant role in how nurses feel about their work and handle patients (Kanste, 2008). Having worked on a cardiac telemetry unit, which was high stress with high patient turnover and dealing with a manger that was not approachable or visible, has made me realize that burnout was what I was experiencing.
Leadership Style
This article delves into the different types of leadership style such as transformational, transactional and laissez-faire and there effect on nurse burnout. Burnout defined as emotional exhaustion, reduced personal accomplishment, and depersonalization. Eight hundred surveys were sent to nurses from different nursing back-rounds with 600 replies were received. The results of this survey show that mangers that express the transformational leadership style offer support, autonomy, job-clarity and show genuine concern for their staff. This leadership style is associated with low levels of nurse burnout. Transactional leadership style promotes compliance by the use of awards and punishment and only pay attention to staffs work to find faults and deviations. Managers that express transactional leadership style are associated with high levels of nurse burnout. Managers the express the laissez-faire leadership style are unavailable and leave all decision making to the group. This leadership style is also associated with high levels of nurse burnout (Kanste, 2008).
Strong Leadership
This study showed a compelling association between nurse leadership style and nurse burnout. The leadership behavior exhibited towards staff plays an important part in nurse
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