Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name





Kuendiger, E.


Education, Educational Psychology.




Nursing staff shortages and the high cost of health care have focused attention on burnout in nurses. High self-esteem is seen as a buffer to prevent burnout and is thought to enhance performance. The purpose of this study is to observe the effects of self-esteem training on practicing registered nurses and to explored the relationship between self-esteem and performance. Concept mapping was used as the teaching strategy. The majority (86%) of the randomly selected sample had both high self-esteem and high quality performance before training. After training 92% had normal healthy levels of self-esteem and performance levels increased significantly. No relationship was found between self-esteem and performance. Findings revealed that 38% of the random sample were experiencing emotional distress regardless of their levels of self-esteem. This study adds to the growing evidence that practicing registered nurses have high self-esteem. It suggests that burnout in practicing registered nurses is the result of conflict, not low self-esteem. (Abstract shortened by UMI.) Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1990 .M387. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 30-03, page: 0458. Chair: Erika Kuendiger. Thesis (M.Ed.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1990.