Burnout among hospital nurses in China

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Title Burnout among hospital nurses in China
Author Lin, Frances; St John, Winsome; McVeigh, Carol
Journal Name Journal of Nursing Management
Year Published 2009
Place of publication United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Abstract Aim: The aim of this study was to examine the level of burnout and factors that contribute to burnout in hospital nurses in the People's Republic of China. Background While burnout among hospital nurses has been widely researched in western countries, little research has investigated burnout among hospital nurses in China. Method: A translated version of the Maslach Burnout Inventory-Human Services Survey was used to measure burnout in 249 randomly selected nurses from various wards of a large teaching hospital in Beijing, China. Questionnaire packs were sent to the hospital wards where selected nurses worked. One hundred and twenty-eight nurses returned the completed questionnaire. The response rate was 51%. Results: The results showed moderate levels of Emotional Exhaustion and Personal Accomplishment, and low levels of Depersonalization. Age, years of experience and professional title had a significant positive relationship with Emotional Exhaustion and Personal Accomplishment. Older, married nurses with more personal responsibilities and in a more senior position experienced higher levels of Emotional Exhaustion. Conclusion: The findings suggest that burnout is a significant issue for nurses in China. Implications for nursing management. The results of this study indicate that working environment factors such as relationships with coworkers and managers may contribute to or mitigate burnout. There is a need to address personal and professional support, life-work balance, personal accomplishment and educational programmes to reduce burnout in nurses working in China.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118535815/home
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2834.2008.00914.x
Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. The definitive version is available at www.interscience.wiley.com
Volume 17
Page from 294
Page to 301
ISSN 0966-0429
Date Accessioned 2009-04-23
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Health Practice Innovation; Population and Social Health Research Program; Griffith Health Institute
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Nursing
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/26154
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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