Nurse teacher stress in Northern Ireland


David M Houghton, Department of Inservice Education Faculty of Education, University of Ulster, Coleraine, County Londonderry BT52 1SA, Northern Ireland


Occupational stress among a 60% sample of all nurse tutors in Northern Ireland was investigated by means of the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ), Maslach Burnout Inventory and a stress questionnaire Seventy per cent of tutors judged themselves to be worse or much worse than usual on 45% of GHQ items Significant levels of moderate and high burnout were discovered on the sub-scales of emotional exhaustion and depersonalization, with an almost unanimous (95%) report of high burnout arising out of feelings of lack of personal accomplishment Male nurse tutors reported more frequent and more intense signs of burnout than their female counterparts at a statistically significant level of difference in emotional exhaustion (P= 0 028 and P= 0 003 respectively) and in depersonalization (P < 0 003 and P= 0 007 respectively) The work stressor most commonly identified by tutors (72%) was that of experiencing too little time to perform their duties to their satisfaction The most common request for help to alleviate workplace stress (61%) was for more support and appreciation from their seniors