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Beating Burnout

UOttawa Health and Wellness Club

Burnout is a common phenomenon that affects both nurses and nursing students students. It causes individuals to feel emotionally exhausted, depersonalized and drained from overwhelming stressors, responsibilities and obstacles.

The main purpose of the club is to help students avoid burnout through a variety of self-care events, educational posts and guidance during their time at uOttawa. Our goal is to create a stronger and more supportive sense of community among nursing students.

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The ICD-11 defines burnout as

"a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed"

Why is it important to address burnout?

Burnout is closely associated with high levels of anxiety, stress, depression and PTSD symptoms in the nursing profession. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, countless nurses have reported feeling unable to properly care for their patients given the high levels of job burnout, delayed elective surgeries and lack of staffing.


We need to find ways to protect our future generation of nurses, not only through lifestyle practices but also through broader systemic changes. 


of nurses reported feeling some symptoms of burnout (emotional exhaustion, etc.)


of nurses working in long-term care have reported suicidal ideation


of nurses working in Canadian hospitals had symptoms of PTSD


of nurses report that the must work through their breaks due to job responsibilities.

* statistics from 2019

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