Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem
versão impressa ISSN 0104-1169
CAVALHEIRO, Ana Maria; MOURA JUNIOR, Denis Faria e LOPES, Antonio Carlos. Stress in nurses working in intensive care units. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2008, vol.16, n.1, pp. 29-35. ISSN 0104-1169. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692008000100005.
The present study aimed to identify the presence of stress in nurses working in intensive care units, the stressing agents and symptoms associated to the nurses' perceptions of stress, and to assess the correlation between the occurrence of stress, sources of stress, and symptoms shown by the nurses. Seventy-five nurses took part in the study. The data were collected from questionnaires, analyzed with the Pearson correlation coefficients, and adjusted by general linear models. The study showed the presence of stress related to work dissatisfaction, activities regarded as critical situations in intensive care units, symptoms related to cardiovascular, digestive and musculoskeletal disorders. The conclusion is that stress is present in nurses' activities in intensive care units, related to characteristics of the health area itself, causing dissatisfaction and stress-related symptoms.
Palavras-chave : nursing; work; stress.