Burnout in Nurse Anesthetists

There is recent and mounting evidence that burnout among healthcare providers in the United States has been steadily rising over the last decade. The practice of anesthesia requires constant vigilance and emergent intervention especially when caring for patients that are critically ill. Burnout can greatly affect a provider’s clinical performance, ability for compassion, and personal life. In the provider, burnout can erode professionalism, influence quality, increase medical errors, and promote early retirement. Burnout has been shown to lead to personal and family difficulties as well. Burnout is related to turnover and absenteeism which can result in a vicious cycle that induces even more burnout among remaining providers and eventually more turnover. The profession of nurse anesthesia has characteristics that draw individuals with personality traits that are competitive, self-critical, and tend to experience a sense of urgency. These personality traits can make an individual prone to burnout. There is evidence to support that burnout awareness focused on teaching coping skills can help to reduce burnout amongst providers and nurses. The purpose of this project was to determine the effect of a burnout awareness and coping skills program aimed at decreasing burnout amongst nurse anesthetists at a level one trauma center. The educational program provided information that helped staff identify signs and symptoms of burnout and also provided some strategies to help the provider identify approaches to reduce burnout. An analysis of the data derived from this project determined a significant decrease in participants’ levels of the emotional exhaustion component of burnout following participation in the program. The decrease in burnout levels was large enough to be considered clinically significant.



Work Title Burnout in Nurse Anesthetists
Penn State
  1. Brian Vells
  1. DNP Project, Burnout, Nurse Anesthetist, Stress, Coping, CRNA
License CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike)
Work Type Project
  1. Barbara Birriel, Ph.D., ACNP-BC, FCCM
  2. Nikki Hill, Ph.D., RN
  3. Madeline Mattern, D.N.P., FNP-BC, CNE
  4. Vishal Midya, Ph.D.(c)
Publication Date April 8, 2019
DOI doi:10.26207/0sw9-xm59
Deposited April 08, 2019




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