In a survey of more than 7000 registered nurses, using the well-known Maslach Burnout Inventory, nearly one-third of them reported high levels of job-related burnout.
Taking care of extra patients has immensely contributed to overload of nurses which has put patient care in jeopardy.
Burn-out among nurses is a serious problem as it can elevate the risk of two types of hospital-acquired infections.
Overworked and stressed out nurses spoil their own health as well the health of patients they look after.
According to research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing , for every extra patient added to a nurse's workload, there was one additional hospital-acquired infection logged per 1,000 patients.
"One infection is too many," said Jeannie P. Cimiotti, the study's lead author, "If you're really serious about infection control and providing the best care for patients, you have to address these issues."