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Benchmarking occupational stressors and strain levels for rural nurses and other health sector workers

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Albion M. J., Fogarty G. J. & Machin M. A.(2005) Journal of Nursing Management13, 411–418

Benchmarking occupational stressors and strain levels for rural nurses and other health sector workers

This study was conducted with 1097 employees (866 females, 217 males, 14 did not indicate gender) in a regional Health Service District who completed the Queensland Public Agency Staff Survey in 2002. Nurses’ results on measures of organizational climate and psychological outcomes were compared with those of other employees in the Health Service District. Nurses reported less favourable outcomes on all but one of the organizational climate scales, and also were found to have more distress (strain), and lower levels of morale, Job Satisfaction and Quality of Worklife than others. Results were generally less favourable for nurses working in the large regional hospital and in mental health than for nurses in other facilities. The study has implications for recruiting and retaining nurses at a time when shortages within the profession are chronic.
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Keywords: distress; organizational climate; satisfaction; shortage; workload

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Research Fellow 2: Professor of Psychology 3: Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Southern Queensland, Queensland, Australia

Publication date: September 1, 2005

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