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Professional Nursing Burnout and Irrational Thinking: A Replication Study

Balevre, Park S. MSN, RN-BC; Cassells, Julie MSN, RN, OCN, NE-BC; Buzaianu, Elena PhD

Journal for Nurses in Staff Development: January/February 2012 - Volume 28 - Issue 1 - p 2–8
doi: 10.1097/NND.0b013e318240a65a
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This expanded (n = 648) replication study examines job-related burnout in practicing nurses in relation to five maladaptive thinking patterns at eight northeast Florida hospitals. Data supported the hypothesis that maladaptive thinking patterns may be related to nurses’ burnout thoughts and behaviors. The focus of this research spotlights the individual nurse’s thoughts, emotions, and actions and suggests that these burnout tendencies can be mitigated if not changed.

The authors report on a replication study that examined job-related burnout in nurses and concluded that these tendencies can be mitigated, if not changed.

Park S. Balevre, MSN, RN-BC, is Assistant Professor of Nursing, Chamberlain College of Nursing, Jacksonville, Florida; Lead Faculty Area Chair for Nursing, University of Phoenix, Jacksonville, Florida; formerly Director of Nursing, Transitional Care, Shands Jacksonville Medical Center, Jacksonville, Florida.

Julie Cassells, MSN, RN, OCN, NE-BC, is Clinical Learning Lab Specialist, Chamberlain College of Nursing, Jacksonville, Florida; formerly Nurse Manager, Shands Jacksonville Medical Center, Jacksonville, Florida.

Elena Buzaianu, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Statistics, University of North Florida, and Consultant Statistician, University of Florida and Shands Jacksonville Medical Center.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Park S. Balevre, MSN, RN-BC, Chamberlain College of Nursing, 5200 Belfort Road, Suite 100, Jacksonville, FL 32256 (e-mail: pbalevre@comcast.net).

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