NURSING STUDENTS EXPOSED TO ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES ENCOUNTER HIGHER LEVELS OF BURNOUT AND DEPRESSION
A new study at The University of Texas at El Paso School of Nursing focusing on childhood adversity, finds a link between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), burnout and depression.
The study authored by nursing faculty members namely Gloria McKee-Lopez, PhD., assistant dean for undergraduate education; Leslie K. Robbins, Ph.D., acting School of Nursing dean and assistant dean for graduate education; Elias Provencio-Vasquez, Ph.D., former School of Nursing dean and current dean of the University of Colorado College of Nursing at the Anschutz Medical Campus; and Hector A. Olvera, Ph.D., director of research at the SoN, found that undergraduate nursing students exposed to a higher number of ACEs, such as abuse, neglect or family dysfunction, encounter higher levels of burnout and depression.
ACEs imply negative, lasting effects on physical and mental health outcomes in adults.
At the course of the study, more than 200 UTEP students enrolled in the first semester of upper division courses in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program participated in this study during the fall of 2016 and the spring and summer of 2017.
Researchers recommend educating nursing faculty on the frequency and range of ACEs experienced by incoming nursing students, which may put them at higher risk to develop stress, burnout and depression while they are in the program. Also, they recommend providing the faculty with the necessary resources to deliver adequate information to students on counseling and support services.
The results of the study titled, ?The Relationship of Childhood Adversity on Burnout and Depression Among BSN Students,? were published in the Sept. 2018 issue of the Journal of Professional Nursing, the official journal of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
With the demands of the nursing profession, Erudite Nursing Institute? encourages faculty members in all medical learning institutes to develop necessary programs to better equip new generation of nursing students in connection to the childhood adversity study.
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