Burnout: the experiences of nurses who work in inner city areas
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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.



Conflict of interest

None declared

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 05 July 2012

Accepted: 30 November 2012

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