Measuring Death Attitude and Burnout of Greek Nursing Personnel
American Journal of Nursing Science
Volume 4, Issue 2-1, March 2015, Pages: 74-77
Received: Jan. 12, 2015; Accepted: Jan. 16, 2015; Published: Feb. 8, 2015
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Malliarou Maria, Department of Nursing, Technological Institution of Thessaly, Larissa, Greece
Zyga Sofia, Department of Nursing, University of Peloponnese, Sparta, Greece
Fradelos Evangelos, 3rd Psychiatric Department, State Mental Hospital “Daphne”, Athens, Greece
Sarafis Paulos, Department of Nursing, Technological Educational Institute of Lamia, Lamia, Greece
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Abstract
Occupational burnout is defined as a physical and mental exhaustion syndrome and is the result of chronic stress. Nurses are exposed to the physical and emotional effects of the experience of caring for a dying patient. Aim of this study was to investigate nurses’ burnout caring patients at their end of their life. Material and Method: The sample of the research constituted of 110 nursing professionals who are caring patients facing death. Data were obtained using Death Attitude Profile-Revised (DAP-R) and Maslach’s burnout inventory (MBI). Results: The factors that appeared to shape the nurses attitudes towards death were age, marital status, education level, position in the workplace, department at work and professional experience. Conclusions: Fear of death and death avoidance were found to correlate statistically significant with the subscale depersonalization and with emotional exhaustion.
Keywords
Death Attitude, Burnout, Nursing Personnel
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Malliarou Maria, Zyga Sofia, Fradelos Evangelos, Sarafis Paulos, Measuring Death Attitude and Burnout of Greek Nursing Personnel, American Journal of Nursing Science. Special Issue: Mental Health Care: Aspects, Challenges and Perspectives. Vol. 4, No. 2-1, 2015, pp. 74-77. doi: 10.11648/j.ajns.s.2015040201.23
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