Stress and burnout are among the challenges that nurses face, and the proper use of time can lead to its reduction. The purpose of this study was to identify the effect of time management training on stress and job burnout among nurses in hospitals affiliated to Zahedan University of Medical Sciences.
This was a quasi-experimental study which were conducted sampling 120 nurses, using a convenience sampling method. Intervention group samples were selected from Imam Ali hospital and the control group from Khatam al-Anbia hospital in Zahedan. Data were collected through demographic, ENSS job stress, and Maslach burnout questionnaires. In the interventional group, after completing the questionnaires, time management training was conducted in four sessions by two groups of 30 people per week for 90 minutes. This intervention included lectures using educational aids and PowerPoint for eight weeks. After the final time management training session, the burnout and stress questionnaires were again completed in the intervention group and the control group. Data were analyzed through Independent and paired t-test, and chi-square.
Findings showed that there was a significant difference between the mean scores of job stress scores after time management training in the intervention and control groups (P> 0.001). Mean changes in emotional exhaustion and depersonalization scores and personal achievement of burnout after time management training were significantly different between the intervention and control groups (P < 0. 001).
Given the importance of time management in nursing, nurse managers should hold in service time management training courses for their employees, nurses.