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Title: Individual Responses to Stress and Burnout: Workplace Issues for Australian Nurses and Midwives
Contributor(s): Skinner, Virginia (author); Madison, Jeanne  (supervisor); Humphries, Judy  (supervisor)
Conferred Date: 2010
Copyright Date: 2009
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Abstract: The presentation of this quantitative research looks at the relationship between nurses' and midwives' individual responses and organisational factors concerning stress and burnout in the workplace. This research aims to understand and assess the associations and relationships between nurses' and midwives' individual responses and factors causing stress and burnout in the workplace. This might enable nurses and midwives to reduce the impact of negative consequences of stress and burnout in conjunction with ethical and professional changes within nursing work practices. A questionnaire was developed and administered to nurses and midwives working in healthcare organisations in Australia to document their awareness of their individual responses to workplace issues and factors leading to stress and burnout. The majority of this study's respondents were dealing with moderate levels of stress and burnout and showed moderate levels of self-imposed work pressure and motivation which related to work behaviours. The three factors linked with stress for this study; being the work environment, psychosocial effects, and job dissatisfaction were all positively associated with exhaustion, the factor linked with burnout. Important factors linked with stress and burnout included time-related issues, excessive workloads, low morale as well as powerlessness. According to this research, organisational support could be improved so that nurses and midwives can support their colleagues.
Publication Type: Thesis Doctoral
Field of Research Codes: 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
111002 Clinical Nursing: Primary (Preventative)
111006 Midwifery
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 920210 Nursing
Rights Statement: Copyright 2009 - Virginia Skinner
HERDC Category Description: T2 Thesis - Doctorate by Research
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