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Title: Staff Burnout: a Comparative Study of Metropolitan and Rural Mental Health Nurses within Australia
Contributor(s): Singh, Charanjit (author); Cross, Wendy (author); Jackson, Debra  (author)
Publication Date: 2015
DOI: 10.3109/01612840.2014.996838
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Abstract: This article will present the findings of a research study that investigated the extent to which mental health nurses employed within rural and metropolitan areas of Australia are affected by burnout, using the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) and a demographic questionnaire. The study also examined whether the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) was a valid measure of mental health burnout within the Australian context and culture or alternatively, in what ways it needed to be refined? A cross-sectional study of mental health nurses (n = 319) from the states of New SouthWales, Victoria, Queensland andWestern Australia was undertaken. The 22-item Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) was used to measure burnout and a demographic questionnaire utilising a cluster sampling, cross-sectional design survey method, was used to gather the data. The study found that gender and level of qualification were the two major factors that showed any significance, where males experienced a higher level of depersonalisation on the frequency and intensity sub-scale scores of the MBI and that the more qualified a nurse, the greater the level of depersonalisation they experienced. These results were true for participants in both rural and metropolitan settings within Australia. Age was the third most influencing factor in terms of emotional exhaustion, where younger participants (under 30) reported higher levels of emotional exhaustion. Younger male mental health nurses experienced higher levels of depersonalisation.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 36(7), p. 528-537
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Place of Publication: Philadelphia, United States of America
ISSN: 1096-4673
Field of Research (FoR) 2008: 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Field of Research (FoR) 2020: undefined
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 920210 Nursing
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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