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Nursing Burnout: Cross-Sectional Study at a Large Army Hospital
WALTER REED ARMY MEDICAL CENTER WASHINGTON DC DEPT OF CLINICAL INVESTIGATION
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The purpose of this study was to examine the levels of burnout among U.S. Army and civilian nursing personnel assigned to a large military treatment facility. Using a cross-sectional design, a convenience sample of eligible participants n 364 completed the Maslach Burnout Inventory. T-test and ordinal logistic regression were used to analyze the data. The findings suggest that both groups were experiencing a moderate level of burnout. However, the civilian nursing personnel demonstrated statistically lower levels of emotional exhaustion and depersonalization. The findings also suggest that nursing personnel who worked the day shift, no more than 8 hours a day, and had fewer patient care contacts with military personnel injured in Iraq or Afghanistan reported lower levels of emotional exhaustion and depersonalization. This study provides ideas for policy changes at medical treatment facilities that are experiencing similar challenges.
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