|Abstract:||Theoretical framework: We live in a fast moving world. We are required to do everything to the maximum of our abilities every step of the way, be it at work or at home. Are we ready for it? Nowadays events follow each other in quick succession, everyone is always in a hurryand everythingmust be done in the shortest possible time, which makes workplaces stressful. Dialysis nurses work with patients with chronic diseases who are often very demanding and require a lot of understanding, support and attention. Nurses at the dialysis centres have higher chances of being exposed to infectious diseases (hepatitis, AIDS etc.) and are more likely to developmentalhealth issues. The risk of contracting the listed diseases increasesthe incidences of stress and burnout.
Aims and Objectives: We want to determine ifnurses who work at dialysis centres are exposed to stress and burnout. Additionally, we want to know if the individual dialysis centres care for the prevention and reduction of stress and burnout. Our aims are: to analyse the results, interpret them and suggest solutions based on the gathered results. Furthermore, we want to determine if stress and burnoutare present among the employees and which are the most common symptoms caused by stress and burnout.
Research methodology: In order to present the data we gathered, we employed a variety of research methods: analytical approach (dividing the whole into separate parts), descriptive approach (describing), citing and referencing (using notes and quotes by other authors), deductive approach (making conclusions based on the general knowledge) and statistical analysis. Data was gathered by means of a questionnaire and then processed using a computer and shown in the form of charts and tables. We used two programs, Microsoft Excel and SPSS 17.0. To process the statistical data we used the methods of description and analysis.
Results: Based on the analysed data, we believe that the dialysis nurses are not subjected to burnout, but have an average level of efficiency, they are overburdened and have a stressful workplace. Nurses take the time to regularly exercise and relax, they see their work at the dialysis centre as interesting and perceive it as a challenge rather than a chore. When they need help, they ask for it. Head nurses at the dialysis centres know how to praise their employees and how to run the dialysis wards efficiently.
Conclusion: Due to thenature of this work, as it is very specific and because of the very demanding patients, we expected the results to be worse. However, we can now assert with confidence that the dialysis nurses are adept at their specific work with the dialysis patients. They know how to sympathise with their patients, and form friendships and trust with the regular patients that come forthe dialysis. This profoundly helps the nurses to overcomeobstacles and stress at the workplace.|