The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study was to uncover the lived to experiences of registered nurses who have experienced burnout during their careers, yet chose to remain in the profession, and to uncover the leadership and individual strategies that address nursing burnout. The study included the phenomenological method to explore the research questions. Fifteen registered nurses who identified an episode of burnout in their nursing career, and were still working in the nursing profession, participated in an in-depth interview. Five themes that emerged from the data were (a) burnout affects the whole person, (b) social support helps cope with burnout, (c) a healthy lifestyle is paramount to prevention and coping, (d) nurse leaders play a pivotal role in preventing and managing burnout, and (e) caring is an essential element of nursing. Recommendations for future research include an exploration of lived experiences of nurse leaders; use of the burnout scale to identify nurses with burnout with subsequent in-depth interviews; research to determine if preventive measures actually prevent burnout or merely lessen the unpleasant affects; exploration of sleep deprivation, exhaustion, and burnout; and the implementation of Watson’s Attending Nurse Caring Model.
|Advisor:||Simon, Marilyn K.|
|Commitee:||Morris, Johnny, Richter, Louiseann|
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-B 75/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Management, Nursing, Organizational behavior|
|Keywords:||Caring, Individual strategies, Nurse leaders, Nursing burnout, Organizational leadership, Sleep deprivation, Social support|
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