Differences in Burnout Aspects in Croatian Nursing Students – A Cross-Sectional Study

Authors

  • Adriano Friganović Department of Anaesthesiology, Reanimatology, Intensive Medicine and Pain Treatment, University Hospital Centre, Zagreb, Croatia; Department of Nursing, University of Applied Health Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia; Department of Nursing, Faculty of Health Studies, University of Rijeka, Rijeka, Croatia https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9528-6464
  • Snjezana Čukljek Department of Nursing, University of Applied Health Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia; Department of Nursing, Faculty of Health Studies, University of Rijeka, Rijeka, Croatia https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6435-5818
  • Sandra Bošković Department of Nursing, Faculty of Health Studies, University of Rijeka, Rijeka, Croatia https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0748-0281
  • Biljana Kurtović Department of Nursing, University of Applied Health Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia; Department of Nursing, Faculty of Health Studies, University of Rijeka, Rijeka, Croatia https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9669-9829
  • Irena Kovačević Department of Nursing, University of Applied Health Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia; Department of Nursing, Faculty of Health Studies, University of Rijeka, Rijeka, Croatia https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5673-9515
  • Marija Spevan Department of Nursing, Faculty of Health Studies, University of Rijeka, Rijeka, Croatia https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0288-2206
  • Josip Brusić Department of Nursing, Faculty of Health Studies, University of Rijeka, Rijeka, Croatia; Department of Anaesthesiology, Reanimatology, Intensive Medicine and Pain Treatment, University Hospital Centre, Rijeka, Croatia https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3277-023X
  • Kristian Civka Department of Anaesthesiology, Reanimatology, Intensive Medicine and Pain Treatment, University Hospital Centre, Zagreb, Croatia; Department of Nursing, University of Applied Health Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17532/jhsci.2023.2234

Keywords:

Burnout syndrome, nursing students, undergraduate study

Abstract

Introduction: Burnout syndrome is a growing concern among nursing students, potentially impacting their academic success and future professional performance. This study aimed to explore the prevalence of burnout syndrome in Croatian nursing students and examine the associations between burnout and demographic features (age, gender, year of study, part-time or full-time study).

Methods: A quantitative cross-sectional study was conducted with 423 nursing students from the University of Applied Health Sciences, Zagreb, and the Faculty of Health Sciences, Rijeka. The Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI); MBI human services survey was used to assess burnout levels.

Results: Nursing students at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Rijeka, experienced higher burnout levels than those at the University of Applied Health Sciences, Zagreb (χ2 = 10.214, ss = 2, p = 0.006). Significant associations were found between burnout levels and age, gender, year of study, and enrolment status. Specifically, younger students, female students, and full-time students reported higher levels of emotional exhaustion (EE). 2nd-year students reported lower EE than their first and 3rd-year peers.

Conclusions:  This study underscores the importance of recognizing and addressing the unique needs and stressors faced by different subgroups of nursing students. Tailored interventions and support systems are essential for alleviating burnout and promoting well-being in nursing students. Further research, including longitudinal studies, is required to better understand burnout progression and to inform the development of effective strategies for reducing burnout in nursing education.

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30.12.2023

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Differences in Burnout Aspects in Croatian Nursing Students – A Cross-Sectional Study. JHSCI [Internet]. 2023 Dec. 30 [cited 2024 Apr. 24];13(3):154-9. Available from: https://www.jhsci.ba/ojs/index.php/jhsci/article/view/2234

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