Nurses’ Burnout Post COVID: A Quantitative Study

Date of Award

Fall 2023

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Healthcare Administration (DHA)

Committee Chair

Jesse Florang

Committee Member

Scott Mcdoniel

Committee Member

Gail Frankle

Abstract

The mental, emotional, and physiological health of healthcare professionals deteriorated during the COVID-19 pandemic and professionals reported experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress. The researcher conducted a quantitative research study that focused on measuring burnout in nursing professionals working in an emergency department (ED) and intensive care unit (ICU) post COVID-19 pandemic. A casual comparable study using a cross-sectional survey design was used to gather the research data. Furthermore, the Maslach Burnout Scale has been described as the gold standard for measuring burnout and was used to collect current data. The research was aimed at determining which group of nursing professionals were at higher risk for experiencing burnout and if stress management techniques were associated with burnout levels. The goal of this study was to identify the current state of nursing professionals’ mental health years after the onset of COVID-19. In addition, evaluate burnout differences amongst the nursing groups. The study also identified associations between nursing professional’s burnout and their participation in stress management techniques. The researcher believed the study would make known that nurses working in the ED experienced higher levels of burnout than nurses working in the ICU. This study aimed to provide current and relevant information regarding nurse’s burnout to healthcare organizations and leaders with hopes of producing a plan for creating a healthier work lifestyle for professionals.

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