Work Load and Stress among Public Health Nurses for Infectious Disease Control and Prevention in Central TaiwanDOI: 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*
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.