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Burnout of Nurses In Home For The Elderly

Snježana Svitlić-Budisavljević
Alma Mater Europaea - ECM
Croatia

Freudenberger (1974) refers to the term “burn-out” which is defined as the verb “burn out,” “fail,” or become exhausted due to demanding large amounts of energy, power or resources. Based on this definition, he founded the term "burnout", which defines a person in the workplace who "burns", thus becoming inoperative in everything he intends to do. Occupational burnout is a long-term response to chronic, emotional, and interpersonal stressors at work. The aim of this paper was to determine whether there is and to what extent professional burnout is present in nurses and technicians working in elderly homes in the city of Pula. The aim was to answer the questions of the extent the burnout is influenced by individual characteristics (age, work experience, caring for the elderly or the sick in the family, years of service, work shifts, level of education), structural aspects (home ownership, working hours, etc.) and an attempt was made to assess the extent to which professional burnout was affected by the perception of the situation around COVID-19. The study involved a validated questionnaire to measure professional burnout with additional questions related to demographics and COVID-19, while surveying of the nurses was conducted online at their home institutions.

 

 


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