Stress is increasingly recognized as one of the most serious occupational
health hazard for critical care nurses. Failure of proper stress management
among nurses has a huge impact to health care delivery and quality outcome, it
also results in increased health care cost hence poverty and poor economy.
aim of this study was to identify prevalence of stress and various stressors,
among the critical care nurses
cross-sectional survey using quantitative research methods were used, where by
65 nurses who are working in critical care units were interviewed by using
structured questionnaire consisting of close ended questions Since ICU nurses
were 100 in number they were both targeted to be recruited from the study, but
only 65 nurses were the one who returned the questionnaire. Validity and
reliability of data questionnaires were tested to 10 ICU nurses at MOI. The
collected data were analyzed using the computer software program (SPSS version
finding reveals that a variety of factors influence stress among ICU nurses at
MNH. Among these, working environment, workload, interpersonal relationship as
well as personal characteristics are identified to cause stress. Under personal
characteristics knowledge and confidence as well as working as a team leader,
performing or preparing sterile procedures like dressing, ETT suctioning,
bronchoscope, CVP/AL insertion and dealing with machines that support patient
breathing and others for hemodynamic monitoring (67.7%, 72.3% and 78.5%
respectively) are among the stressors mentioned. Additionally, out of work for
the past six months is also reported of which 75% of respondents reported that
they to be out of work for the past six months.
This is really a large number of staff
since 25% of the remaining staff is most likely to be overloaded with work
hence affecting productivity, performance and quality outcome of the services.
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