Thursday, 20 July 2006
This presentation is part of : Adult Mental Health Issues and Innovations
Burnout Syndrome in Nursing Personnel: Analysis of Cause Determiners
Jose Lauro De Los Rios Castillo, RN, PhD, School of Nursing, San Luis Potosi University, San Luis Potosi, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Learning Objective #1: Determine the impact of the Syndrome of Burnout, using in the personnel of nursing of the General Hospital in the Mexican Institute of Social Security.
Learning Objective #2: Implement an educational and psycho-therapeutic program, focused to improve the mental health of the nurses with some level of affectation of Syndrome of Burnout.

The Burnout Syndrome is frequent in auxiliary professionals, interpersonal contact and its origin and factors due to work. In Nursing Personnel, it is characterized, specifically by Emotional Exhaustion , Despersonalization, and Lack of Personal Development. As a consequence in this document its prevalence is determined by a representative sample of nursing professionals of the General Hospital of Second Level Attention, located in the Capital of the State of San Luis Potosi-Mexico, its physical and budget characteristics are the prototype of the General Hospitals of the Health Sector of our country.

A total of 70 professional nurses of the main services participated in this study. To whom, previous to an informed consentment, a Brief Questionnaire of Mexican Burnout(BBQ) was applied. This questionnaire assess the Areas of Emotional Exhaustion, Despersonalization, Lack of Personal Development, Characteristics of the Task, Boredom, Organization and Consequences of Burnout. In addition to three other questionnaires that assessed some social demographic variants, labor and family satisfaction and emotional disorder. High levels of the Burnout Syndrome were observed. Mainly associated to age >30 years old, sex: femenine, married, housework, absenteeism due to illness, severe depression, and unsatisfied work, among others.

In conclusion the Burnout Syndrome has a high prevalence in the professional nurses who participated in this study was observed highly in the Emergency and Critical Care Units. The involvement of administrative policies is necessary in short term to decrease and prevent the Syndrome.    

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