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Critical care associations issue a collaborative statement on ICU burnout. Nurses have known the risks of burnout for decades, particularly in critical care areas like the ICU, where patient morbidity and mortality are especially high. The physical demands of care, staffing issues that affect workload, and the moral distress that often accompany this environment compound the situation. Now four major organizations-the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Thoracic Society, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine-have jointly published a call to action to increase awareness and, ultimately, to reduce burnout syndrome in providers. The statement defines the syndrome and its risk factors and consequences and suggests interventions to prevent and treat it. Read more at