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You are invited to participate in a research study about burnout and coping resources. The following is a short summary of this study to help you decide whether or not to be a part of this study. More detailed information is listed later on in this form. 

Why am I being invited to take part in a research study? 
We invite you to take part in a research study because you are a nurse or nurse practitioner who works within a United States’ Emergency Department.

What should I know about a research study? 
• Someone will explain this research study to you.
• Whether or not you take part is up to you.
• Your participation is completely voluntary.
• You can choose not to take part.
• You can agree to take part and later change your mind.
• Your decision will not be held against you.  
• Your refusal to participate will not result in any consequences or any loss of benefits that you are otherwise entitled to receive.
• You can ask all the questions you want before you decide.

Why is this research being done? 
Burnout is a common and significant problem for emergency room (E.R.) nurses in various roles in the United States due to the high-stress nature of their department environments and the intense emotional burden associated with their work. This study therefore seeks to illuminate coping resources and their sources that can help improve burnout. 

How long will the research last and what will I need to do? 
To participate in this research study, you will be asked to complete a one-time online questionnaire, which we expect will take you about 30-45 minutes to complete.

You will be asked to complete the online questionnaire in one sitting, only once. The questionnaire will include a series of questions related to coping resources in both your personal life and at work. 

Is there any way being in this study could be bad for me? 
We don’t believe there are any risks from participating in this research. 

Will being in this study help me in any way? 
We cannot promise any benefits to you or others from your taking part in this research. However, your participation can help increase awareness about what personal and occupational coping resources can help support you and other E.R. nurses against burnout. Therefore, possible benefits from participating in this study include potentially heightening knowledge around effective coping resources to combat burnout. Increased awareness of these resources could lead to increased utilization of such resources, which could help you and your colleagues reduce levels of burnout. Not only might you then have improved well-being, physically, emotionally, and mentally, but it could help support your and your colleagues’ job performance and positive patients’ health outcomes. Consequently, this would not only have individual benefits, but could have a positive impact on the quality of care, and operational and financial success of entire emergency departments and ho
Detailed Information

The following is more detailed information about this study in addition to the information listed above. 

What is the purpose of this research?
Burnout is a common and significant problem for emergency room (E.R.) nurses in various roles in the United States due to the high-stress nature of their department environments and the intense emotional burden associated with their work. Burnout negatively impacts nurses’ emotional and physical wellbeing, and is related to job turnover, use of sick time, on the job injuries, and errors in patient care. Even further, the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and 2020 civil rights movement have likely added additional stress to an already stressed-out E.R. nurse population, making burnout even more conspicuous. A better understanding of the coping resources that can be provided to nurses to reduce burnout, both outside the workplace and on the job, can provide insight into how nurses’ well-being and performance can best be supported. This study therefore seeks to illuminate coping resources and their sources that can help improve burnout. The goal of this research is to identify the key resources, both individually and combined, that help support the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of E.R. nurses so that they can be healthier, happier, more efficient, productive, and attentive. With awareness of these resources, our emergency medicine nurse force will feel supported and enabled to perform highly and produce successful patient outcomes.

What can I expect if I take part in this research?
To participate in this research study, you will be asked to complete an online questionnaire, in one sitting, only once, from the comfort of your location. The questionnaire will ask for some personal and professional background questions and will include a series of questions related to coping resources in both your personal life and at work. The questionnaire will be hosted and submitted entirely through SurveyMonkey.com.

What happens if I say yes, but I change my mind later? 
Participation in this study is voluntary and you can choose to exit the online questionnaire at any time; it will not be held against you.

If I take part in this research, how will my privacy be protected? What happens to the information you collect?
Efforts will be made to limit the use and disclosure of your Personal Information, including research study records, to people who have a need to review this information. We cannot promise complete secrecy. Organizations that may inspect and copy your information include the IRB and other representatives of this organization. 

Your information that is collected as part of this research will not be used or distributed for future research studies, even if all of your identifiers are removed. 

Can I be removed from the research without my OK? 
The person in charge of the research study can remove you from the research study without your approval. Possible reasons for removal include not meeting the appropriate inclusion criteria for the study. To be eligible for participation, you must have at least six months of emergency medicine nursing experience, must be currently working in a nursing position within a U.S. Hospital Emergency Room department, and must have been in your current role for mo
What else do I need to know?

Raffle/Lottery – If you agree to take part in this research study, we will enter you into a raffle/lottery. One selected winner will win one $100 Macy’s Gift Card. The odds of winning will be dependent on the number of participants in this study. The drawing will occur upon closing of recruitment. If you would like to enter to win the gift card, please provide your email address (your email address will only be used to select the winner and will not be used for any other purpose. Your email address will be deleted from our database upon the selection of the winner).

Who can I talk to? 
If you have questions, concerns, or complaints, or think the research has hurt you, talk to the research team at erb82@cornell.edu 

This research has been reviewed and approved by the Harvard University Area Institutional Review Board (“IRB”). You may talk to them at (617) 496-2847 or cuhs@harvard.edu if: 

• Your questions, concerns, or complaints are not being answered by the research team.
• You cannot reach the research team.
• You want to talk to someone besides the research team.
• You have questions about your rights as a research subject.
• You want to get information or provide input about this research.

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