Nurses' creativity, tedium and burnout during 1 year of clinical supervision and implementation of individually planned nursing care: comparisons between a ward for severely demented patients and a similar control ward

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  • Agneta Berg RNT,

    Lecturer
    1. Care Research and Development Unit, University of Lund, and Kristianstad College for Health Professions, Knstianstad, Sweden
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  • Ulla Welander Hansson OHN,

    Research Assistant
    1. Care Research and Development Unit, University of Lund, and Kristianstad College for Health Professions, Knstianstad, Sweden and
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  • Ingalill R Hallberg DMSc

    Associate Professor, Corresponding author
    1. Care Research and Development Unit, University of Lund, and Kristianstad College for Health Professions, Knstianstad, Sweden
      Agneta Berg, Care Research and Development Unit, Knstianstad College for Health Professions, Lasarettsboulevarden 18A S-291 33 Kristianstad, Sweden
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Agneta Berg, Care Research and Development Unit, Knstianstad College for Health Professions, Lasarettsboulevarden 18A S-291 33 Kristianstad, Sweden

Abstract

The aim of this study was to study creativity and innovative climate, tedium and burnout among the nurses on two wards during 1 year of systematic clinic supervision combined with the implementation of individualized care on an experimental ward (EW) for severely demented patients, as compared with a similar control ward (CW) EW nurses had systematic clinic supervision and each patient had his/her nursing care carefully planned, documented and evaluated The intervention was evaluated by means of the Creative Climate Questionnaire, Burnout Measure and the Maslach Burnout Inventory Creativity and innovative climate improved significantly among the EW nurses (n= 19) in eight out of 10 factors during the year of intervention while there was no change on the control ward (n= 20) Tedium and burnout decreased significantly among the EW nurses while no change was seen in this respect among the CW nurses It seems reasonable to assume that systematic clinical supervision and individualized planned care decreases the negative outcome of stress caused by the psychological burden imposed by nursing care It also increases nurses’ creativity, which, in turn, may benefit patient care The findings of this study point to the necessity for a support system that focuses on the work itself, i e the nursing care Individualized planned care and systematic clinical supervision may offer this kind of support

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