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Document ID (ISN)111904
CIS number 11-0595
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) McCarthy V.J., Power S., Greiner B.A.
Title Perceived occupational stress in nurses working in Ireland
Bibliographic information 2010, Vol.60, p.604-610. 26 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to examine the levels of stress experienced by nurses working in an Irish teaching hospital and investigate differences in perceived stress levels by ward area and associations with work characteristics. A cross-sectional study design was employed, with a two-stage cluster sampling process. Data collection was by means of a self-administered questionnaire, and nurses were investigated across 10 different wards using the Nursing Stress Scale and the Demand Control Support Scales. The response rate was 62%. Using outpatients as a reference ward, perceived stress levels were found to be significantly higher in the medical ward, accident and emergency, intensive care unit and paediatric wards. There was no significant difference between the wards with regard to job strain; however, differences did occur with levels of support, the day unit and paediatric ward reporting the lowest level of supervisor support. A significant association was seen between the wards and perceived stress even after adjustment.
Descriptors (primary) Ireland; nursing personnel; stress factors; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) psychology of work organization; stress studies; questionnaire survey; cross-sectional study; women
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Psychology and sociology
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Psychology of work organization