MONITORING BURNOUT IN THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT AND EMERGENCY
Middle East Journal of Nursing
Burnout among healthcare workers (HCWs) is a prolonged unhealthy response to chronic interpersonal and emotional stress originating in the workplace. Prior to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, burnout was prevalent among HCWs in many intensive care units (ICUs) and emergency departments (EDs) around the world. In the present study, we aimed to evaluate the prevalence of burnout among nurses working in the ICU and ED in Saudi Arabia during the COVID-19 crisis, and to investigate
... fforts that can be made to decrease the levels of burnout while the pandemic continues. Methods: This work presents an interim analysis of data from one clinical site belonging to a larger study. An online anonymous survey was developed to measure the following domains: personal factors, occupational factors, personal opinions related to COVID-19, and burnout level. A link to this survey was distributed to ICU and ED nurses at four clinical sites by the site principal investigator. Data from one site were obtained and a descriptive interim analysis was conducted using R software. Results: Forty-seven surveys were available for analysis. A majority (81%) of respondents worked in the pediatric ED, and 40% had worked over 80 hours in the past two weeks. Seventy percent of the subjects expressed they were afraid of infecting people at home with COVID-19, and 68% expressed fear of becoming infected themselves. Overall, 30% of respondents were classified as having moderate burnout, while only 11% had high burnout levels.