Author

Seth Aster

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Date Information

May 2019

Department

School of Nursing

First Advisor

Marion Frost

Abstract

Background/Purpose: Nursing burnout is a pressing issue in healthcare, and it is often overlooked. Many factors can affect your risk for nursing burnout. Some of these factors include age, length of time working as a nurse, number of children at home, place of employment, etc. The purpose of this study is to evaluate how the self-care and health management of critical care nurses affects their risk for nursing burnout.

Design/Method: A non-interventional survey study was conducted in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at a Level 2 Trauma Center north of Boston, MA. 31 nurses completed and handed back two surveys that were administered. The Professional Quality of Life (ProQOL) Version 5 survey was one of the surveys that was administered. The other survey was the Self-Care and Lifestyle Inventory. By cross-analyzing the results, the relationship between nursing burnout risk and self-care was evaluated.

Results: The data was analyzed using SPSS Version 23. The results of the study were quite conclusive. The participants scores for the Self-Care and Lifestyle Inventory are significantly negatively correlated to their scores for Nursing Burnout (r = -.540). This proves the hypothesis that self-care is directly related to nursing burnout.

Nursing Implications: Because nursing burnout affects patient care, the results of this study can be used in other critical care units where staff suffer from high levels of nursing burnout. Creating a healthy working environment should be made a priority to decrease stress levels of critical care nurses.

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Nursing Commons

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