Assessment of Occupational Stress and Associated Factors Among Nurses in East Gojjam Zone Public Hospitals Northwest Ethiopia, 2016
Clinical Medicine Research
Volume 6, Issue 2, March 2017, Pages: 43-48
Received: Feb. 1, 2017; Accepted: Feb. 17, 2017; Published: Mar. 9, 2017
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Dessalegn Haile Kassa, Department of Nursing, College of Health Sciences, Debre Markos University, Debre Markos, Ethiopia
Abebe Dilie Afenigus, Department of Nursing, College of Health Sciences, Debre Markos University, Debre Markos, Ethiopia
Bekele Tesfaye Meteku, Department of Nursing, College of Health Sciences, Debre Markos University, Debre Markos, Ethiopia
Benalefew Lake Mengisitie, Department of Nursing, College of Health Sciences, Debre Markos University, Debre Markos, Ethiopia
Berhanu Dessalegn Telila, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, College of Health Sciences, School of Allied Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Background: Occupational stress has been reported to affect job satisfaction among nurses, thus compromising nursing care and placing patients’ lives at risk. Nursing has been identified and reported by a number of studies as a stressful occupation. Occupational stress is a serious condition for nursing professionals that is directly associated with impaired and inappropriate performance and working within clinical settings. Objective: To assess the level of occupational stress and associated factors among nurses in East Gojjam Zone Public hospitals northwest Ethiopia 2016. Method: Institutional based cross-sectional study design was employed. Sampling method was simple random sampling and data were collected from March 8 to 23, 2016. Source population of the study were all nurses who work at public hospitals in East Gojjam zone public hospitals and sample size was 181 nurses from the four hospitals. After nurses were proportionally allocated to size from the four hospitals, data were collected through pretested self-administered structured questionnaire. Results: A total of 178 nurses were voluntarily agreed to participate in the study with a response rate of 98.3%. The study finding showed that 57.3% of nurses were occupationally stressful. Workload subscale was the most sources of stress followed by death and dying and uncertainty concerning treatment. Sex and work experience of respondents were significantly associated with occupational stress. All subscales of expanded nursing stress scale were positively correlated with over overall occupational stress. Conclusion: More than half of the nurses were occupationally stressful. Recommendation: The Amhara regional health bureau and study hospitals should develop stress reduction management programs.
Occupational Stress, East Gojjam, Nurses
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Dessalegn Haile Kassa, Abebe Dilie Afenigus, Bekele Tesfaye Meteku, Benalefew Lake Mengisitie, Berhanu Dessalegn Telila, Assessment of Occupational Stress and Associated Factors Among Nurses in East Gojjam Zone Public Hospitals Northwest Ethiopia, 2016, Clinical Medicine Research. Vol. 6, No. 2, 2017, pp. 43-48. doi: 10.11648/j.cmr.20170602.13
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