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"It is up to the professionals to know how to stop, and the institutions have to be aware of our staff to watch over their emotions."

The meeting has been organized by the School of Nursing of the University

/From left to right, Beatriz Martín, Esther Rey, Paz Ugalde, Andión Goñi and Teresa Llácer.

14 | 12 | 2023

The School of Nursing of the University of Navarra organized a colloquium graduate Emotional Burnout: detection, prevention and solution for the oncology nurse. The meeting was attended by the nursing directors of the Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre -AndiónGoñi-, Hospital Universitario la Paz -EstherRey-, Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal -BeatrizMartín- and of the Clínica Universidad de Navarra in Madrid -TeresaLlácer-.

The event, focused on addressing an important status for nurses, brought together a total of 115 attendees from public and private healthcare in order to learn about the strategies planned by the four directives and to share best practices: "It is a topic that occupies us and worries us, to be able to deal with the emotional stress of nurses" stressed Andión Goñi "and at this point, supervisors are very important". "We have a young staff that we have to tutor and train - added Beatriz Martín - we have seen programs of study which highlights that 46% of the nurses surveyed, from any area, would not choose the profession again. This tells us that we are doing something wrong or we need to improve. We have a responsibility in care."

In the case of the oncology nurse, topic has a greater impact, as Esther Rey commented: "It is up to the professionals to know how to stop, and the institutions have to be aware of our staff so that they do not fall into emotional fatigue". On this point of caring for the person, Teresa Llácer asserted that "patients suffer and nurses suffer with them. Nurses cannot watch this from the sidelines, they have to be empathetic and emotionally very strong to accompany them".

Among the key points presented are the prevention and management strategies that these health professionals can implement to prevent and manage emotional exhaustion in nursing. These strategies include psychological support programs, stress management techniques, promotion of work in teams, training in coping skills and promotion of self-care. She also stressed the importance of support from organizations and institutions that can play a crucial role in preventing these situations. Providing adequate resources, support programs, spaces for sharing experiences and a healthy work environment are key elements to mitigate this problem.

Advanced internship Nurse as a possible solution

"We are making an effort to have our oncology nurses trained in internship Advanced ," explained Goñi, "because we believe this role can do a lot to support the rest of the team. The incorporation of roles such as the Advanced internship Nurse can be a point core topic of support in preventing emotional burnout among oncology nurses by providing clinical leadership and support. Elements such as mentoring and emotional support, Education and training, facilitating support groups, or promote self-care, can be key actions that a nurse in this role can contribute to prevent burnout situations. They can also collaborate to make early interventions in difficult situations, as well as encourage professional development and task diversification to help oncology nurses set professional goals and explore opportunities for development.

All this will imply an improvement of interest in the profession and increase job satisfaction.