Perceived occupational stress in nurses working in Ireland

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dc.contributor.author McCarthy, Vera J. C.
dc.contributor.author Power, S.
dc.contributor.author Greiner, Birgit A.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-06-02T10:35:12Z
dc.date.available 2016-06-02T10:35:12Z
dc.date.issued 2010-10-01
dc.identifier.citation McCarthy, V. J. C., Power, S. and Greiner, B. A. (2010) 'Perceived occupational stress in nurses working in Ireland', Occupational Medicine, 60(8), pp. 604-610. doi: 10.1093/occmed/kqq148 en
dc.identifier.volume 60 en
dc.identifier.issued 8 en
dc.identifier.startpage 604 en
dc.identifier.endpage 610 en
dc.identifier.issn 0962-7480
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/2674
dc.identifier.doi 10.1093/occmed/kqq148
dc.description.abstract Background: This study examines perceived stress and its potential causal factors in nurses. Stress has been seen as a routine and accepted part of the healthcare worker’s role. The lack of research on stress in nurses in Ireland motivated this study. Aims: The aims of this study are to examine the level 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. Method: A cross-sectional study design was employed, with a two-stage cluster sampling process. A self-administered questionnaire was used to collect the data and nurses were investigated across ten different wards using the Nursing Stress Scale and the Demand Control Support Scales. Results: 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 (p<0.05). 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 (p<0.01). A significant association was seen between the wards and perceived stress even after adjustment (p<0.05). Conclusion: The findings suggest that perceived stress does vary within different work areas in the same hospital. Work factors, such as demand and support are important with regard to perceived stress. Job control was not found to play an important role. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Oxford University Press en
dc.rights © 2010, the Authors. This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Occupational Medicine following peer review. The version of record (McCarthy, V. J. C., Power, S. and Greiner, B. A. (2010) 'Perceived occupational stress in nurses working in Ireland', Occupational Medicine, 60(8), pp. 604-610) is available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/occmed/kqq148 en
dc.subject Job strain en
dc.subject Nurses en
dc.subject Occupational stress en
dc.subject Support en
dc.title Perceived occupational stress in nurses working in Ireland en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Vera McCarthy, Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: v.mccarthy@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2015-01-15T15:45:16Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Occupational Medicine en
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dc.internal.licenseacceptance Yes en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress v.mccarthy@ucc.ie en


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