A survey of nurses working with older adults across three National Health Service trusts in England explored how perceptions of the workplace affect nurse wellbeing. Standardised validated measures were used to assess burnout, perceived organisational support and organisational culture. Significant associations were found between innovative organisational culture and nurses' sense of personal accomplishment, which reduce the likelihood of burnout.
An evaluation of staff 'burnout' in older people's care has concluded that nurses who perceive their employing organisation to be more dynamic and entrepreneurial are more satisfied at work.
Authors of the report suggest that at a time when much attention is being paid to the reorganisation of the National Health Service (NHS) in England and Wales change need not be considered disruptive in the long term.
Writing in the journal Nursing Management, the authors say their evaluation showed nurses perceived their organisations to be more bureaucratic than innovative, which they add is not unusual given that hospital environments are described as hierarchical and conservative workplaces.
The study explored the relationship between nurses' experiences of burnout and their perceptions of organisational culture and support across three NHS trusts delivering acute and community care in the Midlands of England.
'To reduce staff burnout, organisational culture may need to change, but changes do not need to be large; small changes that foster mutual support at ward level and facilitate collaboration may be effective.