Burnout in Intensive Care Unit Nurses During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Event Type
Health Care
TimeWednesday, October 12th1:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
DescriptionBurnout syndrome among intensive care unit nurses has been widely studied in the past. While the literature establishes high prevalence of burnout among ICU nurses, specific pandemic-related contributors and ICU-specific and practical approaches to address burnout have not been thoroughly explored. To address this gap, a series of focus groups were conducted with nurses in two large ICUs that were designated as COVID ICUs. In addition, a combination of validated questionnaires (Maslach Burnout Inventory and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Checklist) were employed to quantify the prevalence and severity of burnout. Results showed that on average, nurses experienced a high level of burnout and even PTSD symptoms during the pandemic, and the factors that contributed to such high levels of burnout were multifaceted.