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Stressful factors in the working environment, lack of adequate sleep, and musculoskeletal pain among nursing unit managers

Stressful factors in the working environment, lack of adequate sleep, and musculoskeletal pain among nursing unit managers


Title: Stressful factors in the working environment, lack of adequate sleep, and musculoskeletal pain among nursing unit managers
Author: Sigursteinsdóttir, Hjördís   orcid.org/0000-0002-9974-2826
Skuladottir, Hafdis   orcid.org/0000-0003-3234-5356
Agnarsdóttir, Thórey
Halldorsdottir, Sigridur   orcid.org/0000-0003-0629-4428
Date: 2020-01-20
Language: English
Scope: 673
University/Institute: Háskólinn á Akureyri
University of Akureyri
School: Hug- og félagsvísindasvið (HA)
School of Humanities and Social Sciences (UA)
Heilbrigðisvísindasvið (HA)
School of Health Sciences (UA)
Department: Viðskiptadeild (HA)
Faculty of Business Administration (UA)
Hjúkrunarfræðideild (HA)
Faculty of Nursing (UA)
Series: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health;17(2)
ISSN: 1660-4601
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17020673
Subject: Stress; Sleep; Pain; Nurses; Streita; Svefn; Sársauki; Hjúkrunarfræðingar
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/1619

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Sigursteinsdóttir, H., Skúladóttir, H., Agnarsdóttir, T., & Halldórsdóttir, S. (2020). Stressful factors in the working environment, lack of adequate sleep, and musculoskeletal pain among nursing unit managers. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(2). doi:10.3390/ijerph17020673

Abstract:

Background: Middle managers have not received enough attention within the healthcare field, and little is known how stressful factors in their work environment coupled with a lack of adequate sleep are related to musculoskeletal pain. The aim of this study was to examine the correlation between stressful factors in the work environment, lack of adequate sleep, and pain/discomfort in three body areas. Methods: Questionnaire was sent electronically to all female nursing unit managers (NUM) in Iceland through the outcome-survey system. The response rate was 80.9%. Results: NUM who had high pain/discomfort in the neck area also had very high pain/discomfort in the shoulder area and pain in the lower back. The results also revealed positive a medium-strong correlation between mental and physical exhaustion at the end of the workday and musculoskeletal pain. Stress in daily work, mental strain at work, and being under time-pressures had hardly any correlation with pain/discomfort in the three body parts. Adequate sleep had a significant negative correlation with all stressful factors in the work environment and all three body parts under review. Conclusion: The results will hopefully lead to a better consideration of stressful factors in the work environment, sleep, and musculoskeletal pain in middle managers.

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