Burnout: the experiences of nurses who work in inner city areas
Maria Breen Liaison mental health nurse, Mercy Hospital, Cork, Ireland
John Sweeney Senior lecturer, University College Cork, Ireland
Maria Breen and John Sweeney describe the factors that influence practitioners’ ability to cope with job stress
Mental health nursing is an inherently stressful profession that can place significant burdens on practitioners, which in turn can cause burnout. This article describes a study designed to assess burnout among nurses working in three different mental health settings in Ireland.
The findings suggest that nurses who feel valued and well supported are less at risk of the effects of burnout than those employed in services where support systems are inadequate.
Mental Health Practice. 17, 2, 12-20. doi: 10.7748/mhp2013.10.17.2.12.e850Correspondence
None declaredPeer review
This article has been subject to double blind peer review
Received: 05 July 2012
Accepted: 30 November 2012