Occupational Stress and Implementation of Information Technology Among Nurses Working on Acute Psychiatric Wards

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  • Marita Koivunen PhD,

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    1. Marita Koivunen, PhD, is a Nursing Director, Satakunta Hospital District, Pori, Finland; Raija Kontio, PhD, is a Project Manager and Assistant Chief of Department of Psychiatry, Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa, Hospital of Kellokoski, Tuusula, Finland; Anneli Pitkänen, PhD, is a Nursing Director, Tampere University Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Tampere, Finland; Jouko Katajisto, MSocSc, is a Senior Lecturer, University of Turku, Department of Statistics, Turku, Finland; and Maritta Välimäki, PhD, is a Professor and Nursing Director, University of Turku, Department of Nursing Science/Hospital District of Southwest Finland, Turku, Finland.
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  • Raija Kontio PhD,

    1. Marita Koivunen, PhD, is a Nursing Director, Satakunta Hospital District, Pori, Finland; Raija Kontio, PhD, is a Project Manager and Assistant Chief of Department of Psychiatry, Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa, Hospital of Kellokoski, Tuusula, Finland; Anneli Pitkänen, PhD, is a Nursing Director, Tampere University Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Tampere, Finland; Jouko Katajisto, MSocSc, is a Senior Lecturer, University of Turku, Department of Statistics, Turku, Finland; and Maritta Välimäki, PhD, is a Professor and Nursing Director, University of Turku, Department of Nursing Science/Hospital District of Southwest Finland, Turku, Finland.
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  • Anneli Pitkänen PhD,

    1. Marita Koivunen, PhD, is a Nursing Director, Satakunta Hospital District, Pori, Finland; Raija Kontio, PhD, is a Project Manager and Assistant Chief of Department of Psychiatry, Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa, Hospital of Kellokoski, Tuusula, Finland; Anneli Pitkänen, PhD, is a Nursing Director, Tampere University Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Tampere, Finland; Jouko Katajisto, MSocSc, is a Senior Lecturer, University of Turku, Department of Statistics, Turku, Finland; and Maritta Välimäki, PhD, is a Professor and Nursing Director, University of Turku, Department of Nursing Science/Hospital District of Southwest Finland, Turku, Finland.
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  • Jouko Katajisto MSocSc,

    1. Marita Koivunen, PhD, is a Nursing Director, Satakunta Hospital District, Pori, Finland; Raija Kontio, PhD, is a Project Manager and Assistant Chief of Department of Psychiatry, Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa, Hospital of Kellokoski, Tuusula, Finland; Anneli Pitkänen, PhD, is a Nursing Director, Tampere University Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Tampere, Finland; Jouko Katajisto, MSocSc, is a Senior Lecturer, University of Turku, Department of Statistics, Turku, Finland; and Maritta Välimäki, PhD, is a Professor and Nursing Director, University of Turku, Department of Nursing Science/Hospital District of Southwest Finland, Turku, Finland.
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  • Maritta Välimäki PhD

    1. Marita Koivunen, PhD, is a Nursing Director, Satakunta Hospital District, Pori, Finland; Raija Kontio, PhD, is a Project Manager and Assistant Chief of Department of Psychiatry, Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa, Hospital of Kellokoski, Tuusula, Finland; Anneli Pitkänen, PhD, is a Nursing Director, Tampere University Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Tampere, Finland; Jouko Katajisto, MSocSc, is a Senior Lecturer, University of Turku, Department of Statistics, Turku, Finland; and Maritta Välimäki, PhD, is a Professor and Nursing Director, University of Turku, Department of Nursing Science/Hospital District of Southwest Finland, Turku, Finland.
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  • The authors report no actual or potential conflicts of interest.

  • Correction added on 16 October 2012, after first online publication: The last sentence in the Abstract's Findings section has been amended.

mhkoivu@utu.fi, with a copy to the Editor: gpearson@uchc.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:  The study describes nurses' occupational stress and implementation of information technology on acute psychiatric wards.

DESIGN AND METHODS:  The sample consisted of 146 Finnish nurses. The data were collected using a structured questionnaire in 2006.

FINDINGS:  Eleven percent of the nurses felt that work was very mentally strenuous and 45% felt that it was rather mentally strenuous. Male nurses reported more stress and dissatisfaction than female nurses. Nurses with very positive attitudes towards Internet use reported less stress and more job satisfaction than nurses with neutral attitudes towards Internet use.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:  By supporting positive attitudes to information technology in nurses' daily work, we may increase their job satisfaction and thereby reduce their stress experiences.

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