DOI: 10.1111/inr.12957 ISSN: 0020-8132

The impact of career calling on nurse burnout: A moderated mediation model

Si‐jia Xie, Jie Jing, Rong Li, Shi‐qiong Yan, Gui Yu, Ze‐jun Xu
  • General Nursing



To evaluate the mediating roles of occupational resilience and the moderationg role of perceived organizational support in the relationship between career calling and nurse burnout.


Burnout is a frequent and serious problem in the field of nursing, and it poses a serious threat to both nurses’ health and patient safety. Although many studies have described the links between burnout, career calling, and occupational resilience, little is known about the actual mechanisms between career calling and nurse burnout.


A cross‐sectional study of 615 nurses in China was conducted using a convenience sampling method. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and Pearson correlation analysis. Hypotheses were tested using structural equation models and bootstrapping methods. STROBE guidelines were followed.


Career calling was found to be negatively associated with nurse burnout, and occupational resilience mediated the relationship between career calling and burnout. Additionally, perceived organizational support was found to play a moderating role in the relationship between occupational resilience and burnout.


Career calling can reduce burnout by increasing nurses' levels of occupational resilience, and perceived organizational support moderates this mechanism. Hence, policies focused on encouraging and sustaining career calling should be provided by nurse managers in order to enhance stress resistance and reduce burnout.

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