Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Barry Lee

Project Type

EdD Colloquium - ONU

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Scholarship of Discovery, Scholarship of Community Application, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

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Presentation

Abstract

Graduate level nursing students are exposed to overload and exhaustion due to academic and professional demands, increasing exposure to stressors resulting in elevated levels of perceived stress, burnout, and alexithymia. This quantitative research, utilizing an online methodology at a midwestern university, explored the prevalence of perceived stress, compassion satisfaction (CS), compassion fatigue (CF), burnout, and alexithymia among master’s level nursing students. The descriptive analysis utilized the Pearson correlation coefficient (Pearson r) by use of the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS-10), the Professional Quality of Life Scale (ProQOL), and the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20). The researcher discovered statistically significant negative correlations between CS and CF r(49) = -.43, p =.01, CF and TAS-20 r(49) = -.50, p =.01, CF and difficulty identifying feelings (DIF) r(49) = -.56, p =.01, and PSS and burnout r(49) = -.44, p =.01. Statistically significant positive correlations were noted between CF and burnout r(49) = .49, p =.01, CS and TAS-20 r(49) = .45, p =.01, CS and difficulty identifying feelings (DIF) r(49) = .49, p =.01, difficulty describing feelings (DDF) and DIF r(49) = .60, p =.01, and PSS and TAS-20 r(49) = .52, p=.01. Elevated levels of perceived stress appeared to be the most prevalent finding among participants of the study. Future research should include an international study among academic centers to promote student and faculty recognition and management of stress, burnout, and alexithymia. The comprehension could improve student health and attrition rates, therefore improving retention rates.

Cohort XX

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Apr 17th, 9:40 AM

Comparison of Alexithymia and Burnout Amid Perceived Stress Levels of Nursing Students

Wisner Auditorium

Graduate level nursing students are exposed to overload and exhaustion due to academic and professional demands, increasing exposure to stressors resulting in elevated levels of perceived stress, burnout, and alexithymia. This quantitative research, utilizing an online methodology at a midwestern university, explored the prevalence of perceived stress, compassion satisfaction (CS), compassion fatigue (CF), burnout, and alexithymia among master’s level nursing students. The descriptive analysis utilized the Pearson correlation coefficient (Pearson r) by use of the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS-10), the Professional Quality of Life Scale (ProQOL), and the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20). The researcher discovered statistically significant negative correlations between CS and CF r(49) = -.43, p =.01, CF and TAS-20 r(49) = -.50, p =.01, CF and difficulty identifying feelings (DIF) r(49) = -.56, p =.01, and PSS and burnout r(49) = -.44, p =.01. Statistically significant positive correlations were noted between CF and burnout r(49) = .49, p =.01, CS and TAS-20 r(49) = .45, p =.01, CS and difficulty identifying feelings (DIF) r(49) = .49, p =.01, difficulty describing feelings (DDF) and DIF r(49) = .60, p =.01, and PSS and TAS-20 r(49) = .52, p=.01. Elevated levels of perceived stress appeared to be the most prevalent finding among participants of the study. Future research should include an international study among academic centers to promote student and faculty recognition and management of stress, burnout, and alexithymia. The comprehension could improve student health and attrition rates, therefore improving retention rates.

Cohort XX