Work Load and Stress among Public Health Nurses for Infectious Disease Control and Prevention in Central Taiwan

DOI: 10.6525/TEB.20160823.32(16).001

Yi-Hsien Cho1,Wan-Jhen Lin2,Hao-Wei Shih3,……,Sung-Hsi Wei4,6*

2016 Vol.32 NO.16

Correspondence Author: Sung-Hsi Wei4,6*

  • 1Department of Public Health, Chung-Shan Medical University, Taiwan
  • 2Health Bureau, Taichung City Government, Taiwan
  • 3Health Bureau, Nantou County Government, Taiwan
  • 4Department of Public Health, China Medical University Hospital, Taiwan
  • 5Department of Biology, Williams College, Williams college, Williamstown, MA, USA
  • 6Central Regional Center, Centers for Disease Control,Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan


Public health nurses are the main task force for the infectious disease control and prevention in Taiwan. Reports on the work load and stress remain limited. In this study, the public health nurses in 41 public health centers in 2 counties were evaluated with a self-complete questionnaire which aimed to measure the work load and stress related to infectious diseases, including tuberculosis, chronic infectious diseases other than tuberculosis, acute infectious diseases, and immunization. Of 330 public health nurses enrolled, 158 (47.9%), 110 (33.3%), and 58 (17.6%) participants showed low motive for tuberculosis control and prevention, immunization, and administrative routines, respectively. The factors that contributed to the stress for tuberculosis control and prevention included frequent policy changes, heavy work load, and heavy paper work.

Keywords:Infectious disease control, Work load and stress, Public health, Public health nurse