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Keywords:

  • nursing stress;
  • burnout;
  • GHQ-28;
  • job satisfaction;
  • coping skills

Abstract

The Clinical Supervision Evaluation Project is a study of the effectiveness of clinical supervision in nurses. As part of this evaluation, we administered the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-28), Maslach Burnout Inventory, Cooper's Coping Skills Scale, Minnesota Job Satisfaction Scale and a demographic checklist to 586 nurses in 23 centres. Some 18 centres were chosen from England and five from Scotland. Results show that occupational stress levels are rising in nursing. While there is now a greater focus on community nursing, this would appear to be more stressful, though also more satisfying than working in hospital settings. Nurses appear to perceive stressors differently according to their grade. Copyright © 1999 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.