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Vol 7, No 4 (2005)
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Problem of occupational burnout syndrome in surgery nurses

Marta Ramuszewicz, Elżbieta Krajewska-Kułak, Hanna Rolka, Cecylia Łukaszuk, Wojciech Kułak
Chirurgia Polska 2005;7(4):244-251.


Background: An assessment of the knowledge of the term "burnout syndrome" in surgery nurses, an evaluation of their knowledge on this subject, and an exploration of levels of occupational burnout. Does the duration of their working or family life have an influence on the appearance of this syndrome and the determination by the studied nurses to manage stress.
Material and methods: Our investigational tool was our own questionnaire consisting of 48 questions (opened, half-opened, closed). The presented study included 80 surgery nurses form the hospitals of Białystok. Males were excluded from this survey.
Conclusions: Most of the emergency nurses knew the term "occupational burnout syndrome". The term "occupational burnout" is known to the group of surgery nurses, but their knowledge on this syndrome is not sufficient. The duration of their working life had no influence on the appearance of the syndrome. In managing emotional stress, the nurses applied constructive behaviors but not relaxing techniques.

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