Understanding nurse anesthetists’intention to leave their job: How burnout and job satisfaction mediate the impact of personality and workplace characteristics

Meeusen, Vera C. H., van Dam, Karen, Brown-Mahoney, Chris, van Zundert, Andre A. J. and Knape, Hans T. A. (2011) Understanding nurse anesthetists’intention to leave their job: How burnout and job satisfaction mediate the impact of personality and workplace characteristics. Health Care Management Review, 36 155-163. doi:10.1097/HMR.0b013e3181fb0f41


Author Meeusen, Vera C. H.
van Dam, Karen
Brown-Mahoney, Chris
van Zundert, Andre A. J.
Knape, Hans T. A.
Title Understanding nurse anesthetists’intention to leave their job: How burnout and job satisfaction mediate the impact of personality and workplace characteristics
Journal name Health Care Management Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0361-6274
1550-5030
Publication date 2011
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1097/HMR.0b013e3181fb0f41
Open Access Status
Volume 36
Start page 155
End page 163
Total pages 9
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA United States
Publisher Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: The retention of nurse anesthetists is of paramount importance, particularly in view of the fact that the health care workforce is shrinking. Although many health care providers find their work satisfying, they often consider leaving their jobs because of the stress. Are there ways to improve this situation?

Purpose: This study investigated how work environment characteristics and personality dimensions relate to burnout and job satisfaction and ultimately to turnover intention among Dutch nurse anesthetists.

Methodology: An online self-reporting questionnaire survey was performed among Dutch nurse anesthetists. The questionnaire included scales to assess personality dimensions, work climate, work context factors, burnout, job satisfaction, and turnover intention. The research model stated that personality dimensions, work climate, and work context factors, mediated by burnout and job satisfaction, predict turnover intention. Structural equation modeling was used to test the research model.

Findings: Nine hundred twenty-three questionnaires were completed (46% response rate). Burnout mediated the relationship between personality dimensions and turnover intention; job satisfaction mediated the relationship of work climate and work context factors to turnover intention. Practice Implications: To retain nursing staff and to maintain adequate staff strength, it is important to improve job satisfaction by creating a positive work climate and work context and to prevent burnout by selecting the most suitable employees through personality assessment.
Keyword Burnout
Job satisfaction
Job turnover intention
Nurse anesthetists
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
 
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