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Factors Affecting Physical and Mental Fatigue among Female Hospital Nurses: The Korea Nurses’ Health Study

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School of Nursing and Research Institute of Nursing Science, Hallym University, Chuncheon 24252, Korea
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College of Nursing, Ewha Womans University, Seoul 03760, Korea
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Ewha Research Institute of Nursing Science, Seoul 03760, Korea
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College of Nursing, Yonsei University, 50 Yonsei-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 03722, Korea
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Seoul Health Foundation, 31 Maebongsan-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul 03909, Korea
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College of Nursing, Konyang University, 158 Gwanjeodong-ro, Seo-gu, Daejeon 35365, Korea
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Academic Editors: Alberto Modenese and Fabriziomaria Gobba
Healthcare 2021, 9(2), 201; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9020201
Received: 6 January 2021 / Revised: 9 February 2021 / Accepted: 10 February 2021 / Published: 13 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Occupational Health and Safety in the Healthcare Sector)
Nurses often experience work-related physical and mental fatigue. This study sought to identify the levels of physical and mental fatigue present among Korean female nurses and discern factors influencing their onset. This cross-sectional study analyzed data from the Korea Nurses’ Health Study (KNHS). A total of 14,839 hospital nurses were assessed by hierarchical regression analysis. The mean scores of physical and mental fatigue were 12.57 and 5.79 points, respectively. After adjusting for confounding variables, the work department had a significant influence on both physical and mental fatigue, that is, nurses working in special care units experienced greater degrees of both physical and mental fatigue than those working in general units. Nurse fatigue is an important consideration to monitor to ensure nurses’ continued wellbeing as well as good patient safety levels. Therefore, it is necessary to establish a strategy to mitigate nursing fatigue while considering the characteristics of specific departments. In nursing practice, the introduction of a counseling program and guarantee of rest time that can alleviate the mental and physical fatigue of nurses working in special care units should be considered. View Full-Text
Keywords: physical fatigue; mental fatigue; female; nurses physical fatigue; mental fatigue; female; nurses
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Jang, H.J.; Kim, O.; Kim, S.; Kim, M.S.; Choi, J.A.; Kim, B.; Dan, H.; Jung, H. Factors Affecting Physical and Mental Fatigue among Female Hospital Nurses: The Korea Nurses’ Health Study. Healthcare 2021, 9, 201. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9020201

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Jang HJ, Kim O, Kim S, Kim MS, Choi JA, Kim B, Dan H, Jung H. Factors Affecting Physical and Mental Fatigue among Female Hospital Nurses: The Korea Nurses’ Health Study. Healthcare. 2021; 9(2):201. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9020201

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Jang, Hee Jung, Oksoo Kim, Sue Kim, Mi Sun Kim, Jung Ah Choi, Bohye Kim, Hyunju Dan, and Heeja Jung. 2021. "Factors Affecting Physical and Mental Fatigue among Female Hospital Nurses: The Korea Nurses’ Health Study" Healthcare 9, no. 2: 201. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9020201

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