Relationship of Work Irrational Beliefs with Burnout among Nigerian Nurses

Authors

  • Chiedu Eseadi1 , Boitumelo Molebogeng Diale2,3, Vera Victor-Aigbodion4,5 , Raphael Oluwasina Babalola Folorunsho6,7, Rowland C. Uwakwe8 , Paul N. Onwuasoanya9

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijphrd.v12i1.13878

Keywords:

Work Irrational Beliefs; Burnout; Nigerian Nurses

Abstract

The objective of this study was to examine the association between work irrational beliefs and each burnout
dimension (physical fatigue, cognitive weariness and emotional exhaustion) by treating burnout as a
construct that is multidimensional. This cross-sectional, correlational study was completed by a convenience
sample of nine hundred and twenty-three Nigerian federal medical nurses. The study data were collected
from participating nurses through a 15-item Nurses’ Work-related Irrational Beliefs Questionnaire (NWIBQ)
and a 17-item Nurses’ Burnout Questionnaire (NBQ) with three subscales consisting of physical fatigue,
cognitive weariness and emotional exhaustion. For analyses of data collected, bivariate correlation and linear
regression analyses were conducted at .05 level of significance. The statistical analyses were performed
using SPSS software, version 22. Results indicated that work irrational beliefs negatively correlated with
physical fatigue (r=-.049, P=.136), cognitive weariness (r= -.025, P=.442) and emotional exhaustion (r=-
.051, P=.123) among the nurses. The analyses also confirmed the extent of a direct association between work
irrational beliefs and burnout symptoms among the nurses. Given the negative connection of work irrational
beliefs with burnout among the nurses, the medical centres should ensure nurses benefit from psychological
interventions to eliminate irrational beliefs and burnout issues linked to work.

Author Biography

Chiedu Eseadi1 , Boitumelo Molebogeng Diale2,3, Vera Victor-Aigbodion4,5 , Raphael Oluwasina Babalola Folorunsho6,7, Rowland C. Uwakwe8 , Paul N. Onwuasoanya9

1
Lecturer, Department of Educational Foundations, Faculty of Education, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 410001,
Enugu State, Nigeria, 2Associate Professor & Educational Psychologist, Department of Educational Psychology,
Faculty of Education, University of Johannesburg, South Africa, 3Visiting Associate Professor, Department of
Educational Foundations, Faculty of Education, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 410001, Enugu State, Nigeria,
4Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Educational Psychology, Faculty of Education, University of
Johannesburg, South Africa, 5
Lecturer, Department of Educational Foundations, Faculty of Education, University
of Nigeria, Nsukka, 410001, Enugu State, Nigeria, 6Family Physician, Family Medicine Department, Tawam
Hospital, United Arab Emirates, 7Adjunt Lecturer, United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), United Arab
Emirates, 8Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, Ebonyi State,
Nigeria, 9
Professor, Department of Educational Foundations, Faculty of Education, University of Nigeria, Nsukka,
410001, Enugu State, Nigeria

Published

2021-01-07

How to Cite

Chiedu Eseadi1 , Boitumelo Molebogeng Diale2,3, Vera Victor-Aigbodion4,5 , Raphael Oluwasina Babalola Folorunsho6,7, Rowland C. Uwakwe8 , Paul N. Onwuasoanya9. (2021). Relationship of Work Irrational Beliefs with Burnout among Nigerian Nurses. Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development, 12(1), 390-394. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijphrd.v12i1.13878

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