Poor practice environments contribute to burnout, but favorable environments containing support, resources, autonomy, and optimal relations with colleagues may prevent burnout. Compared to all nurse practitioners (NPs), 69% of these NPs provide primary care to patients, yet it is unknown whether the practice environment is associated with NP burnout. A study to examine environmental factors related to NP burnout was conducted. Overall, 396 NPs completed the survey and 25.3% were burnt-out. Higher scores on the professional visibility, NP-physician relations, NP-administration relations, independent practice and support subscales were associated with 51%, 51%, 58%, and 56% lower risk of NP burnout, respectively.
Keywords: Burnout; Nurse Practitioners; Organization and Administration; Practice Environment; Primary Health Care.