Preventing burnout: Increasing professional self efficacy in primary care nurses in a Balint group

Stanley Rabinowitz, Talma Kushnir, Joseph Ribak

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Abstract

Nursing is reported to be a stressful occupation, and chronic stress is often associated with burnout. Many ways of reducing stress have been proposed. Of these, the Balint group method provides a forum in which health professionals can present and attempt to resolve stressful situations with clients, coworkers, or other professionals. Balint groups help health professionals improve coping with psychosocial stressors in a supporting and accepting group atmosphere. This article reports changes in professional self efficacy associated with reduced burnout in a group of 13 nurses working in community based primary care clinics. Results showed significant increases in awareness and ability cognitions after the Balint group and reduced emotional exhaustion and cognitive weariness. The ramifications of these findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-32
Number of pages5
JournalAAOHN Journal
Volume44
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

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