Master of Public Health
First Committee Member
Keith Hansen, MBA
Second Committee Member
Leslie Scofield, MPH
Third Committee Member
Lisa Walters, MSHSM, BSN, RN
The objective of this capstone is to gain knowledge on what burnout is, what causes it, what can be done to prevent it, and what can be added to public health emergency plans to reduce burnout in local emergency preparedness workforces.
A literature review was completed through peer-reviewed articles, and documents from professional and governmental organizations. The results were used to search current plans to determine whether burnout-related recommendations were present.
Burnout prevention at the personal level includes a good diet, routine exercise, and mindfulness activities. At the organizational level it should include providing emotional support, emphasizing work-life balance, and proper staffing and resources. Emergency preparedness/operations plans should include burnout strategies such as limits on shift lengths, role clarity and proper training.
It is vital to take care of the workforce that is helping people in crisis. Personal and organizational burnout prevention is necessary to reduce public health employee turnover and maintain institutional knowledge.
Vaughn, Taylor, "Reducing Burnout using Emergency Planning: A Literature Review" (2023). Capstone Experience. 239.