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Stress, burnout and job satisfaction in rural psychiatric nurses : a Victorian study

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by J Pinikahana, Brenda Happell
Objective: To measure the level of stress, burnout and job satisfaction in rural psychiatric nurses in Victoria, Australia. Method: This present study presents the findings of a research study undertaken with rural psychiatric nurses (n = 136) in two rural mental health services in Victoria. The study designed to measure their level of stress, burnout and job satisfaction using the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI), the Nursing Stress Scale (NSS) and Job Satisfaction Scale (JSS).Results: The findings indicated that a low number rural psychiatric nurses suffered from ‘high’ level of burnout and the majority of nurses reported ‘low level’ of emotional exhaustion and depersonalisation scores. On the personal accomplishment subscale, only 11% recorded a ‘high’ score and 87% recorded ‘low’ score. On the Nursing Stress Scale, the ‘workload’ was the highest perceived stressor followed by ‘inadequate preparation’. Conclusions: Paradoxically, the majority of rural psychiatric nurses stated that they were satisfied with their job, particularly with current situation at work, aspects of support and the level of involvement in decision making.

History

Volume

12

Issue

3

Start Page

120

End Page

125

Number of Pages

6

ISSN

1038-5282

Location

Oxford, UK

Publisher

National Rural Health Alliance Inc.(Wiley-Blackwell Publishing)

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Centre for Psychiatric Nursing Research and Practice; Monash University;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Australian journal of rural health.

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