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

Skinner, Virginia, Agho, Kingsley, Lee-White, Trish and Harris, Judy (2007). The development of a tool to assess levels of stress and burnout. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing,24(4):8-13.

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Title The development of a tool to assess levels of stress and burnout
Author Skinner, Virginia
Agho, Kingsley
Lee-White, Trish
Harris, Judy
Journal Name Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing
Publication Date 2007
Volume Number 24
Issue Number 4
eISSN 1447-4328
Start Page 8
End Page 13
Total Pages 5
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation
Language English
Abstract  Objective:
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.  
Keywords Face validity
Internal consistency
Test re-test
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Created: Mon, 03 Nov 2014, 19:06:45 CST by Virginia Skinner