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Proposals for improving working conditions at an outpatient clinic: the nursing standpoint

Shino Shoji Norma Valéria Dantas de Oliveira Souza Sheila Nascimento Pereira Farias Manoel Luís Cardoso Vieira Jane Marcia Progianti About the authors

ABSTRACT

Objectives:

To identify nursing staff's perceptions of working conditions and to propose measures to minimise related adverse impacts on their health and disease processes.

Methods:

A qualitative, descriptive study of 40 nurses working at an outpatient clinic in Rio de Janeiro City, Brazil, through semi-structured interviews interpreted in the light of content analysis.

Results:

Participants prepared suggestions focussed on modernising physical infrastructure, replacing workstation furniture and dividing job activities equitably.

Conclusion:

There is considerable need to set up a Workers Health Centre, through which to implement measures to counter occupational risks and promote workers' health and safety.

Practical implications:

This highlights the importance of preventing occupational hazards in nursing work in order to reduce work-related diseases.

Keywords:
Occupational health; Nursing; Working conditions

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