AffiliationEmergency Department, Cork University Hospital, Ireland.
Nursing Staff, Hospital
Personnel Administration, Hospital
Quality of Health Care
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CitationNurse burnout and the working environment. 2011, 19 (5):30-7 Emerg Nurse
JournalEmergency nurse : the journal of the RCN Accident and Emergency Nursing Association
AbstractThis article examines levels of burnout experienced by emergency nurses and the characteristics of their work environment to determine if there is a relationship between the two.
A literature review of recent articles on emergency nurses' burnout and contributing factors was undertaken. A quantitative study, in which nurses were asked to indicate the extent of their agreement with a series of statements on burnout and the working environment, was then undertaken, and the results were analysed to ascertain the extent to which the two topic are related.
The results indicate that 52 per cent of nurses in an emergency department in Ireland experience high levels of emotional exhaustion and depersonalisation, which are significantly related to the nature of their work environment.
Improvements to the environment and to education are required to reduce the risk of nurses developing burnout in the future.
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