Work related stress, burnout, job satisfaction and general health of nurses: a follow-up study

SOURCE: International Journal of Nursing Practice
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2016
TITLE AUTHOR(S): N.Khamisa, K.Peltzer, D.Ilic, B.Oldenburg
KEYWORDS: BURNOUT, JOB SATISFACTION, NURSING, STRESS, WORKLOAD
DEPARTMENT: Human and Social Capabilities (HSC)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 9303
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/9933
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/9933

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Abstract

Nurses experience high levels of work related stress and burnout as well as low job satisfaction and poor general health owing to the nature of their work. This paper seeks to provide a better understanding of the nature of relationships between work related stress, burnout, job satisfaction and general health of nurses over one year. This study involved a longitudinal design. Two hundred and seventy seven nurses from four hospitals completed a follow up survey consisting of five questionnaires. Data were collected between 2013 and 2014. The data were analysed using generalized estimation equation analysis. Lack of support was associated with burnout, patient care was associated with job satisfaction and staff issues were associated with general health of nurses. Burnout is more strongly related to job satisfaction than general health. The findings of this study could inform evidence based policy and practice through interventions aimed at improving job satisfaction and reducing the impact of burnout on general health of nurses.