“Burnout.” That is the main reason most nurses are leaving the profession. One important factor in reducing burnout is making sure nurses take breaks. Many are working 12, 14, or 16-hour shifts and they need time to rest, time to recharge and renew. Break rooms must be available on every unit, and they must be “no-work-zones.” Simple things can be done to make it a place of solace and rest. Soft music, short inspirational readings, and stress reducing items are inexpensive and conducive to relaxing a bit.
Many nurses say they can’t afford the time to take a break. But truthfully, they can’t afford not to.