Funded in part by Canada Council Grant S76-0082, Ottawa and by the J. D. Muir Research Fund, University of Alberta, Edmonton.
Differences in stress perceived by headnurses across nursing specialities in hospitals*
Article first published online: 22 DEC 2006
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Volume 5, Issue 1, pages 31–46, January 1980
How to Cite
Leatt, P. and Schneck, R. (1980), Differences in stress perceived by headnurses across nursing specialities in hospitals. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 5: 31–46. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.1980.tb00208.x
**At the time of submission, Peggy Leatt (formerly Overton) was a recipient of a National Health Student Fellowship, National Health Research and Development Programme, Ottawa.
- Issue published online: 22 DEC 2006
- Article first published online: 22 DEC 2006
- Accepted for publication 26 June 1979
The main purpose for this research was to specify empirically the sources and frequency of stress experienced by headnurses working in different types of specialities in hospitals. Headnurses (n—153) from nine specialities: paediatrics, obstetrics, medicine, surgery, rural, auxiliary, psychiatry, rehabilitation and intensive care participated. Data were collected by a 21 item questionnaire. Findings suggested five types of stress for headnurses relating to their administrative role, type of patients, task ambiguity, staffing problems and physician contact. Headnurses from different specialities perceived these types of stress to occur with differing frequency.