RESEARCH ARTICLE

Resilience, Burnout and Wellbeing of Nurses during the Third Wave of COVID-19 in Cyprus

The Open Nursing Journal 10 July 2023 RESEARCH ARTICLE DOI: 10.2174/18744346-v17-e230704-2023-7

Abstract

Background:

Burnout is a state of physical and emotional exhaustion, and when experienced among healthcare workers, it is a sign of major concern for the health system. COVID-19 has induced a plethora of negative consequences, like extra workload on nurses, emotional stress, risk of infection to close family, and factors leading to burnout.

Aim:

This study aimed to measure the prevalence of burnout and resilience among nurses in Cyprus.

Materials and Methods:

An online questionnaire-based survey using Copenhagen Burnout Inventory and the Conor Davidson scale was carried out among all registered nurses in Cyprus. Burnout and resilience were defined at a cut-off score of 50 for each domain.

Results:

The prevalence of overall burnout was 54.26%. No significant difference was identified between the different demographics collected and burnout prevalence. Burnout was lower in the category of patient-related burnout (32.77%) compared to personal or work-related burnout (68.30% and 66.81%, respectively).

Conclusion:

There has been a significant prevalence of burnout found during the COVID-19 pandemic among nurses. On the contrary, our findings reflect that nurses have high resilience, something that is a benefit to the system as they never stop working. Nurses experiencing burnout have a higher tendency to leave their department/organization and their job, a fact that their management should have in mind. We suggest that management should be proactive and supportive in improving working conditions and providing assurance to employees. The long-term effects of the current pandemic need to be assessed later.

Keywords: Burnout, Connor-davidson resilience scale, Copenhagen burnout inventory, COVID-19 pandemic, Resilience, Nurses.
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