Definition Of Burnout In Nursing

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1.6 Definition of terms
In research studies the researcher needs to ensure that the terms used in the research paper is defined clearly. Definition of terms is usually an annex to a research paper and it is the most important part of a research paper in which the key or important terms in the study are clearly defined (Parahoo, 2006).

1.6.1 Nurse A nurse is a person who has undergone a period of three years of nursing training and had passed the nursing board exams and been certified to function as a Registered Nurse. A registered nurse is a nurse that had undergone three years of education and could have an associate with bachelors or masters degree. There are many different work areas that nurses are required such as hospital, clinic,
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Burnout is a state of mental and physical exhaustion that is related to work or activities that are pertaining to care. Over the past years, burnout in healthcare profession had gained significant attention. Burnout is associated with variety of negative impact such as depression, causing a medical error which could compromise patients’ safety. The term burnout was ‘coined’ by Herbert Freudenberger, a psychologist in his article “Staff Burnout” in year 1974 (Freudenberger, 1974). In this article Freudenberger had discussed about job dissatisfaction due to work related stress. An established theoretical and operational definition regards burnout as a ‘triad’ of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization (negative responses to others) and reduced personal accomplishment (feeling of competence in their own…show more content…
Burnout is a syndrome that is clearly associated with decreased productivity. Burnout states had shown a significant increased rate of suicidal attempts. However, the physical symptoms may manifest appetite changes, fatigue and insomnia. As for the psychological symptoms, one will have irritable or low mood, lack of concentration causing decreased productivity and rapport. Healthcare providers that are a burnout may also consume alcohol or drugs and this will affect patients care. In research studies the most commonly used questions to measure burnout is Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI). The MBI is rated on Likert scale from 1 to 4. 1 = strongly disagree (SD) , 2 = disagree (D) , 3 = agree (A) and 4 = strongly agree (SA). The score sample items are designed to assess the three primary dimensions of burnout which is, emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and

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