Date of Award

Spring 4-22-2021

Document Type

Thesis (699 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Counseling


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Jessica Brown, Taryn Akgul, Aaron Suomala-Folkerds


Burnout, Psychiatric nurses, Phenomenology


Due to the demands of the job and the nature of the work, being a psychiatric nurse can be mentally, emotionally, and physically draining. As a result, burnout rates are high among psychiatric nurses. Burnout can negatively impact the well-being of psychiatric nurses as well as the quality of patient care. It is important to explore and understand psychiatric nurses' experiences of burnout to help prevent and decrease burnout. A phenomenological qualitative design was utilized to explore psychiatric nurses' lived experiences of burnout. A survey, qualitative in nature, was sent out to nurses at a psychiatric hospital. Phenomenological data analysis was used to identify themes from the data. The themes that were identified were the importance of self-care, the value of having support from other individuals, and overworked with the lack of validation. Implications will be identified and discussed.

Key words: burnout, psychiatric nurses, phenomenology

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