Aim: To explore Italian paediatric nurses’ reported burnout and its relationship to their perceptions of safety and adverse events. Design: A cross-sectional study using the RN4CAST@IT-Ped database with a web-based survey design. Methods: The RN4CAST@IT-Ped questionnaire was used to collect data in 2017. This comprised three main components: three dimensions (22 items) of the Maslach Burnout Inventory including emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and personal accomplishment. Participants also scored an overall grade of patient safety and estimated the occurrence of adverse clinical events. Results: Nurses (N = 2,243) reported high levels of burnout. Most rated clinical safety as high. The risk of adverse events ranged from 1.3–12.4%. The degree of burnout appeared to influence the perception of safety and adverse events. Conclusion: The association between nurses’ burnout and perceptions of higher rates of adverse events and reduced safety in clinical practice is an important finding. However, it is unclear whether this was influenced by a negative state of mind, and whether reduced safety and increased adverse events negatively influenced nurses’ well-being, thus leading to burnout. Regardless, the association between nurses’ burnout and these quality concepts needs further exploration to examine the effect, if any, on burnout and safety, and identify supportive mechanisms for nurses. Impact: The association between reported burnout and perception of safety and risk of adverse events in Italian paediatric nurses has been reported for the first time. Nurses reporting burnout are at greater risk of intensely negative perceptions of clinical safety and adverse events. This is an important finding as perceptions can influence practice and behaviours. Quality measures in children's clinical environments need to go beyond obvious indicators to examine nurses’ well-being as this also influences quality and safety.

A cross-sectional multisite exploration of Italian paediatric nurses’ reported burnout and its relationship to perceptions of clinical safety and adverse events using the RN4CAST@IT-Ped

Bagnasco A.;Dasso N.;Rossi S.;Timmins F.;Watson R.;Aleo G.;Catania G.;Zanini M.;Sasso L.
2020-01-01

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Aim: To explore Italian paediatric nurses’ reported burnout and its relationship to their perceptions of safety and adverse events. Design: A cross-sectional study using the RN4CAST@IT-Ped database with a web-based survey design. Methods: The RN4CAST@IT-Ped questionnaire was used to collect data in 2017. This comprised three main components: three dimensions (22 items) of the Maslach Burnout Inventory including emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and personal accomplishment. Participants also scored an overall grade of patient safety and estimated the occurrence of adverse clinical events. Results: Nurses (N = 2,243) reported high levels of burnout. Most rated clinical safety as high. The risk of adverse events ranged from 1.3–12.4%. The degree of burnout appeared to influence the perception of safety and adverse events. Conclusion: The association between nurses’ burnout and perceptions of higher rates of adverse events and reduced safety in clinical practice is an important finding. However, it is unclear whether this was influenced by a negative state of mind, and whether reduced safety and increased adverse events negatively influenced nurses’ well-being, thus leading to burnout. Regardless, the association between nurses’ burnout and these quality concepts needs further exploration to examine the effect, if any, on burnout and safety, and identify supportive mechanisms for nurses. Impact: The association between reported burnout and perception of safety and risk of adverse events in Italian paediatric nurses has been reported for the first time. Nurses reporting burnout are at greater risk of intensely negative perceptions of clinical safety and adverse events. This is an important finding as perceptions can influence practice and behaviours. Quality measures in children's clinical environments need to go beyond obvious indicators to examine nurses’ well-being as this also influences quality and safety.
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