Work context, personal control, and burnout amongst nurses

Allen, Jacqui and Mellor, David 2002, Work context, personal control, and burnout amongst nurses, Western journal of nursing research, vol. 24, no. 8, pp. 905-917.

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Title Work context, personal control, and burnout amongst nurses
Author(s) Allen, Jacqui
Mellor, David
Journal name Western journal of nursing research
Volume number 24
Issue number 8
Start page 905
End page 917
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2002
ISSN 0193-9459
Keyword(s) nursing research
work environment - psychological aspects
nurses - psychological aspects
Summary While situational factors such as high workloads have been found to be predictive of burnout, not all people in the same work context develop burnout. This suggests that individual factors are implicated in susceptibility to burnout. We investigated the relationships between care type (acute/chronic), neuroticism, control (primary/secondary), and symptoms of burnout (exhaustion, cynicism, and reduced professional efficacy) amongst 21 chronic care nurses and 83 acute care nurses working in a public hospital in regional Australia. Similar levels of burnout symptomatology and neuroticism were found in each group of nurses, and neuroticism was found to be associated with exhaustion, cynicism, and reduced professional efficacy in the total sample of nurses. Our prediction that primary control would protect against burnout symptoms in acute care nurses was supported only for professional efficacy, and the prediction that secondary control would protect against burnout in chronic care nurses was not supported.
Language eng
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, Sage Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001523

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