International Journal Of Occupational Health and Public Health Nursing

Workload in Occupational Health Nursing: A study among Occupational Health Nurses in Finland

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    The purpose of this study is to find out the current situation of OH nursesí workload and associating factors. The study was conducted with a web questionnaire with an open question. According to the results a total of 285 OH nurses participated in the survey. Almost half (45%) of occupational health nurses felt overloaded at least somewhat and about one-third (32%) a lot or too much. Most (63%) of the OH nurses felt that they are overloaded because of the work content. The most frequently workload factors related to the content of work were continuous learning demands and changes at work (17%), demanding clients (17%) and economic pressure (14 %). Due to this study our conclusion is that the most of OH nurses reported felt overloaded at their work. The results highlighted factors that could be addressed to improve OH nursesí well-being at work and provided useful information for the development of OH nurses' working conditions.

     

    Keywords: Occupational health, occupational health nurse, workload.