Much attention is being paid to the problem of burnout in health care professionals, including those who care for children. Is this problem getting worse in our field, and if so why and what can be done about it? Tawfik et al. ( 10.1542/peds.2016-4134) looked at this topic in 41 California neonatal intensive care units (NICU) through a validated four item burnout questionnaire administered to neonatologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, and respiratory therapists who work in those NICUs. Sadly, the burnout prevalence was 26.7 +/- 9.8%, with burnout found to be highest when the average daily census and occupancy were high. The need to use electronic health records sadly did not help reduce the extent of the burnout. The prevalence of burnout in all NICU staff was common, although nurses appeared to have the highest rate of experiencing this problem.
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