Korean J Occup Health Nurs.  2012 Nov;21(3):229-238.

Factors Influencing on Fatigue in Operating Room Nurses

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Nursing, Seonam University, Namwon, Korea.
  • 2Graduate School, Chosun University, Gwangju, Korea.
  • 3Department of Nursing, Chosun University, Gwangju, Korea. isakim@chosun.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
The purpose of this study was to measure the fatigue of operating room nurses and examine factors contributing to their fatigue.
METHODS
The subjects of this study were 115 nurses who worked in operating rooms of three hospitals. Data were collected from September 15, 2009 to September 30, 2009. Fatigue and job stress were measured by using the Symptom's Fatigue Scale and the job stress measurement tools in operating room nurses.
RESULTS
The mean score of fatigue level was 3.10+/-0.61. We analyzed fatigue according to characteristics of subjects and found that there were significant differences in marital status, number of children and sleeping hours in general characteristics. Career, daily participation hours in the surgery relating to job related characteristics. Significant positive correlations were found between job stress and fatigue(r=.233, p=.012). Three significant variables influencing fatigue of operation rooms nurses were job stress, daily participation hours in the surgery, and sleeping hours (Adj. R2=0.284, F=4.773, p<.001).
CONCLUSION
An integrative care program that takes job stress, daily participation hours in the surgery and sleeping hours into consideration is essential to reduce fatigue in operating room nurses.

Keyword

Fatigue; Job stress; Operating room nurses
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