Literature review of role stress/strain on nurses: An international perspective


address: Vickie A. Lambert, Faculty of Health Sciences, Yamaguchi University School of Medicine, Ube 755-8554, Japan. Email:


Abstract The presence of role stress/strain among nurses has been of concern throughout the world. However, to date, no one has conducted, from an international perspective, a literature review of research on the topic. This article assesses research from 17 countries, identifies the major areas of focus in the studies, compares and contrasts the findings, summarizes the state of the science on role stress/strain on nurses and makes recommendations for future research.