Self-assessed quality of sleep, occupational health, working environment, illness experience and job satisfaction of female nurses working different combination of shifts

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Title:
Self-assessed quality of sleep, occupational health, working environment, illness experience and job satisfaction of female nurses working different combination of shifts
Authors:
Sveinsdottir, Herdis
Citation:
Scand J Caring Sci. 2006, 20(2):229-37
Issue Date:
1-Jun-2006
Abstract:
AIM: The aim of this study was to describe and compare the self-assessed quality of sleep, occupational health, working environment, illness experience and job satisfaction among female nurses working different combinations of shifts. BACKGROUND: Evidence from several studies indicates that there is an association between the disruption of the circadian cycle caused by shift work and adverse health effects. METHODS: A cross-sectional design was used with a sample of 348 nurses drawn from the registry of the Icelandic Nurses' Association, representing 17% of the workforce of Icelandic nurses. A self-administered questionnaire, measuring occupational health, quality of sleep, the illness experience, job satisfaction and working environment was used. Data were analysed according to type of shift (days only, rotating days/evenings, rotating days/evenings/nights) by use of analysis of variance and chi-square. RESULTS: No difference was found between participants based on type of shift with regard to the illness experience, job satisfaction and quality of sleep. Nurses working rotating day/evening/night shifts reported a longer working day, more stressful environmental risk factors, more strenuous work and that they were less able to control their work-pace. In general, the nurses reported low severity of symptoms; however, nurses working rotating days/evenings shifts experienced more severe gastrointestinal and musculoskeletal symptoms when compared with others. This was explained by the short rest period provided for between evening and morning shifts. CONCLUSIONS: In general Icelandic nurses are satisfied with their work and their shift assignment does not seem to pathologically disrupt their circadian cycle. Nevertheless, nursing directors are advised to look more closely at the organization of nurses' work during night shifts, as well as the rest period for nurses changing from evening to day shifts.
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dc.contributor.authorSveinsdottir, Herdis-
dc.date.accessioned2006-11-02T09:33:16Z-
dc.date.available2006-11-02T09:33:16Z-
dc.date.issued2006-06-01-
dc.date.submitted2006-11-02-
dc.identifier.citationScand J Caring Sci. 2006, 20(2):229-37-
dc.identifier.pmid16756530-
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1471-6712.2006.00402.x-
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dc.identifier.otherPEE12en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2336/5810-
dc.descriptionTo access publisher full text version of this article. Please click on the hyperlink in Additional Links field ---------------------- The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.comen
dc.description.abstractAIM: The aim of this study was to describe and compare the self-assessed quality of sleep, occupational health, working environment, illness experience and job satisfaction among female nurses working different combinations of shifts. BACKGROUND: Evidence from several studies indicates that there is an association between the disruption of the circadian cycle caused by shift work and adverse health effects. METHODS: A cross-sectional design was used with a sample of 348 nurses drawn from the registry of the Icelandic Nurses' Association, representing 17% of the workforce of Icelandic nurses. A self-administered questionnaire, measuring occupational health, quality of sleep, the illness experience, job satisfaction and working environment was used. Data were analysed according to type of shift (days only, rotating days/evenings, rotating days/evenings/nights) by use of analysis of variance and chi-square. RESULTS: No difference was found between participants based on type of shift with regard to the illness experience, job satisfaction and quality of sleep. Nurses working rotating day/evening/night shifts reported a longer working day, more stressful environmental risk factors, more strenuous work and that they were less able to control their work-pace. In general, the nurses reported low severity of symptoms; however, nurses working rotating days/evenings shifts experienced more severe gastrointestinal and musculoskeletal symptoms when compared with others. This was explained by the short rest period provided for between evening and morning shifts. CONCLUSIONS: In general Icelandic nurses are satisfied with their work and their shift assignment does not seem to pathologically disrupt their circadian cycle. Nevertheless, nursing directors are advised to look more closely at the organization of nurses' work during night shifts, as well as the rest period for nurses changing from evening to day shifts.en
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dc.relation.urlhttp://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1471-6712.2006.00402.xen
dc.subject.meshAbsenteeismen
dc.subject.meshAnalysis of Varianceen
dc.subject.meshAttitude of Health Personnelen
dc.subject.meshChi-Square Distributionen
dc.subject.meshComparative Studyen
dc.subject.meshCross-Sectional Studiesen
dc.subject.meshHealth Facility Environmenten
dc.subject.meshIceland/epidemiologyen
dc.subject.meshJob Satisfactionen
dc.subject.meshMorbidityen
dc.subject.meshNursing Methodology Researchen
dc.subject.meshNursing Staff, Hospitalen
dc.subject.meshOccupational Diseasesen
dc.subject.meshOccupational Healthen
dc.subject.meshPersonnel Staffing and Schedulingen
dc.subject.meshSleep Disorders, Circadian Rhythmen
dc.subject.meshWomen, Workingen
dc.subject.meshWork Schedule Toleranceen
dc.subject.meshWorkplaceen
dc.titleSelf-assessed quality of sleep, occupational health, working environment, illness experience and job satisfaction of female nurses working different combination of shiftsen
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.identifier.journalScandinavian journal of caring sciencesen
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