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Emergency department nurses' experiences of occupational stress: A qualitative study from a public hospital in Bangkok, Thailand
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. Ramazzini Research Institute, Lidingo, Sweden .ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0282-2820
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9059-599X
2016 (English)In: Work: A journal of Prevention, Assesment and rehabilitation, ISSN 1051-9815, E-ISSN 1875-9270, Vol. 53, no 4, 885-897 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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BACKGROUND: Occupational stress has been a health-related issue among nurses for many decades. Emergency department nurses are frequently confronted with occupational stress in their workplace; in particular, they encounter stressful situations and unpredictable events. These encounters could make them feel more stressed than nurses in other departments. Research considering occupational stress from the perspective of Thai emergency department nurses is limited. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to explore nurses' perceptions of occupational stress in an emergency department. METHODS: A qualitative approach was used to gain an understanding of nurses' experiences and perceptions regarding stress in their workplace. Semi-structured interviews were used for data collection. Twenty-one emergency department nurses working in a public hospital in Thailand were interviewed, and the data were analyzed using content analysis. RESULTS: The findings comprised three themes: (1) perceived stress, (2) consequences of stress, and (3) stress management. CONCLUSIONS: The results of this study can be used by hospital management to help them adopt effective strategies, such as support programs involving co-workers/supervisors, to decrease occupational stress among emergency department nurses. Future research that explores each of the themes found in this study could offer a more comprehensive understanding of nurses' occupational stress in the emergency department.

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2016. Vol. 53, no 4, 885-897 p.
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nursing profession, Stressor, workplace, content analysis, coworker, doctor patient relation, emergency ward, hospital management, human, human experiment, job stress, nurse, occupation, perception, public hospital, qualitative research, semi structured interview, stress management, Thailand
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-31585DOI: 10.3233/WOR-152181ISI: 000376475300019Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84965002444OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-31585DiVA: diva2:927880
Available from: 2016-05-13 Created: 2016-05-13 Last updated: 2016-06-16Bibliographically approved

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