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What We Should Know About Male Nurse Burnout

Burnout syndrome affects a wide range of nurses…even when there isn’t a pandemic in process. It is a concern of administrators and healthcare leaders alike. Numerous researchers continue to focus on understanding how and why burnout occurs and what contributes to it, such as sleep.

But when it comes to male nurse burnout, not much is known—until now.

Male nurses have a mild level of job burnout and find work resources in short supply, according to a Journal of Clinical Nursing study.

Chinese researchers surveyed 366 male nurses about burnout and job demands. They found that burnout severity was affected by job demands. What’s more: Work resources such as social support, reward, and skill diversity were low. It is these work resources that play a regulating role in job demands and burnout.

These findings are similar to the few studies that looked specifically at male nurses and burnout, as well as studies that look at other healthcare providers. Basically, the higher the job stress, higher the likelihood of job burnout.

“The mild burnout may be a surface phenomenon or was a sign of trend of male nurses’ intention to leave the job,” write the researchers. “Managers should pay attention to the emotional needs and mental health problems of male nurses’ work environment.”

The bottom line: Male nurses are like other healthcare practitioners They can suffer from burnout and the reasons are the same.

(Editor’s note: The last study we found examining male nurse burnout was published in 2010, and before that in 1993 and 1987. We hope this recent study is one of many to come.)

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