Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

[Epidemic among health care providers: burnout]


OCTOBER 20, 2012

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice - 2012;25(05)

[Aims of the study: To track the changes since 2008 in the degree of burnout among health care workers in Csongrád County, and to examine its connections with the evaluation of own health, frequency of psychosomatic symptoms, the intent to leave the profession, and the measure of fear from becoming unemployed. Methodology and sample: This is a cross-sectional study carried out through a self-designed self-report questionnaire sent to registered members of MESZK living in Csongrád County. Results: The number of burned-out health care workers increased since 2008. Burnout correlates with physical health (p<0.000), the intention to leave the profession (p<0.000), and the fear of losing the job (p<0.000). A significant increase could be observed by nurses starting their career. Conclusions: Burnout prevention trainings would be important also by career starters, which could also prevent profession leaving. ]



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