Understanding nurse anaesthesists' intention to leave the job: How burnout and job satisfaction mediate the impact of personality and workplace characteristics

Vera C.H. Meeusen*, K. Van Dam, Chris Brown-Mahoney, Andre A.J. Van Zundert, Hans T.A. Knape

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Background: The retention of nurse anaesthetists is of paramount importance, particularly in view of the fact that the health care workforce is shrinking. Although many health care providers find their work satisfying, they often consider leaving their jobs due to the stress. Are there ways to improve this situation?Purposes: This study investigated how work environment characteristics and personality dimensions relate to burnout and job satisfaction, and ultimately to turnover intention, amongst Dutch nurse anaesthetists. Methodology: An online self-reporting questionnaire survey was performed among Dutch nurse anaesthetists. The questionnaire included scales to assess personality dimensions, work climate, work context factors, burnout, job satisfaction and turnover intention. The research model stated that personality dimensions, work climate and work context factors, mediated by burnout and job satisfaction, predict turnover intention. Structural equation modeling (SEM) was used to test the research model. Findings: Nine hundred and twenty-three questionnaires were completed (46% response rate). Burnout mediated the relationship between personality dimensions and turnover intention; job satisfaction mediated the relationship of work climate and work context factors to turnover intention. Practice Implications: To retain nursing staff and maintain adequate staff strength, it is important to improve job satisfaction by creating a positive work climate and work context, and to prevent burnout by selecting the most suitable employees through personality assessment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-163
Number of pages9
JournalHealth Care Management Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011
Externally publishedYes



  • nurse anaesthetists
  • burnout
  • job satisfaction
  • job turnover intention

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