The development of a tool to assess levels of stress and burnout

Virginia Skinner, Kingsley Agho, Trish Lee-White, Judy Harris

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    To pilot test the reliability and validity of a newly developed tool measuring nursing and midwifery
    staff stress and burnout.
    Descriptive survey.
    Public hospital, aged care facility and university.
    For the pilot study a total of forty-nine (n=49) nurses and midwives, selected by convenience sampling, were sent an initial pilot questionnaire. The return rate was seventy per cent initially and the return rate on the second mail out was fortynine
    per cent.
    Main outcome measure:
    To determine reliability and validity of a new tool that explores nurses’ and midwives’ perceptions of stress, burnout and control over their working environment.
    Face validity, test-retest reliability, internal consistency and principal component analysis were established. Overall Cronbach’s alpha was 0.87 indicating good internal consistency for the stress/ burnout element of the questionnaire. The testretest reliability intraclass correlation coefficient reported 0.30 - 0.90 for all six sub scales which were
    developed for both parts of the questionnaire.
    The pilot study indicates that it is possible to construct a valid and reliable instrument to access nurses' and midwives' preception of stress and burnout.  
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)8-13
    Number of pages5
    JournalAustralian Journal of Advanced Nursing
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


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