Telephone support for Canadian nurses in HIV/AIDS care.

Research paper by G T GT Murphy, M M Stewart, J J Ritchie, P W PW Viscount, A A Johnson

Indexed on: 27 Jul '00Published on: 27 Jul '00Published in: Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care


An assessment study was conducted with Canadian nurses (N = 177) in HIV/AIDS care to determine how social support influences the relationship between job stress and health (job satisfaction and burnout). The assessment study revealed that social support and coping both moderate the effects of these stressors on nurses' health and functioning outcomes (i.e., job satisfaction and burnout). Accordingly, the follow-up study tested the effectiveness of an intervention designed to enhance social support, promote the use of certain coping strategies for managing occupational stress, and prevent burnout in nurses. Telephone support groups, co-led by an expert facilitator and an expert AIDS nurse, were tested in a demonstration project for nurses in HIV/AIDS care (n = 30). The nurse participants reported that the intervention enhanced their coping, confidence, relationships, client care, and connections to the HIV/AIDS nursing community.