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Relationship between burnout and intention to leave amongst clinical nurses: the role of spiritual climate

Zhang, Yu; Wu, Xiaxin; Wan, Xiaojuan; Hayter, Mark; Wu, Jinfeng; Li, Shuang; Hu, Yi; Yuan, Yuan; Liu, Yongbin; Cao, Chaoyu; Gong, Weijuan


Yu Zhang

Xiaxin Wu

Xiaojuan Wan

Jinfeng Wu

Shuang Li

Yi Hu

Yuan Yuan

Yongbin Liu

Chaoyu Cao

Weijuan Gong


This study aims to identify the role that spiritual climate has in reducing burnout and intentions to leave amongst clinical nurses.

Both shortages and the high turnover of nurses are challenging problems worldwide. Enhancing the spiritual climate amongst nurses can enhance teamwork, organisational commitment and job satisfaction and can play a role in reducing burnout and turnover intention.

A total of 207 clinical nurses working at a tertiary university hospital were included in this cross‐sectional, single‐site study. Independent‐samples t test and ANOVA, Pearson correlation analysis and hierarchical regression analysis were used to explore the relationships amongst related factors.

Different departments have different spiritual climates. The findings from this study indicate that spiritual climate may impact nursing burnout and turnover.

Implications for nursing management
Using a spiritual climate scale provides health care decision‐makers with clear information about staff spirituality well‐being. Interventions to improve spiritual climate can benefit teamwork in clinical departments.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 21, 2019
Journal Journal of Nursing Management
Print ISSN 0966-0429
Electronic ISSN 1365-2834
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 6
Pages 1285-1293
APA6 Citation Zhang, Y., Wu, X., Wan, X., Hayter, M., Wu, J., Li, S., …Gong, W. (2019). Relationship between burnout and intention to leave amongst clinical nurses: the role of spiritual climate. Journal of nursing management, 27(6), 1285-1293.
Keywords Burnout; Job satisfaction; Nurses; Spiritual climate; Spirituality; Turnover intention
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