Influence of Job Burnout on Decision-Making and Coping With Stress Among Nurses

Holist Nurs Pract. 2023 Nov-Dec;37(6):E83-E91. doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000609.


Job burnout is highly prevalent among health care workers. This study determined the effect of job burnout on decision-making and coping with stress among nurses. Two hundred seventy-seven nurses in Xijing Hospital were investigated using the Job Burnout Scale, Decision Scale, and Simple Stress Coping Style Scale. The total score of job burnout was 107.8 ± 16.479 (severe burnout) and clinical decision-making consciousness was 123.75 ± 16.094 (moderate decision-making consciousness). No statistical differences existed in different gender samples (P > .05). Burnout and clinical decision-making awareness of clinical nurses were stronger than nursing interns and regular trainee nurses, but the occupational pressure of nursing interns was the highest (P < .05). Marital status also showed significant differences in job burnout; unmarried nurses were more prone to burnout (P < .05). In conclusions, burnout is a serious issue among nurses, which is closely related with clinical decision-making awareness, negative coping, and occupational stress. Nurse identity and marital status had significant effects on burnout.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Burnout, Professional*
  • Burnout, Psychological
  • Humans
  • Nurses*
  • Occupational Stress*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires