The Social Sciences

Year: 2016
Volume: 11
Issue: 9
Page No. 2337 - 2341

Abstract: Depending on the situation, different social and economic systems are forced to use their workforces in different work shifts. Nursing system is one of these systems in which the personnel working in wards and in particulars in need of work in different shifts. Work shift may have unwanted effects on different aspects of one’s life. The present study has aimed at determination of the prevalence of problems pertinent to work shift in nurses working in Hamedan City, Iran. The descriptive cross-sectional study was carried out on 72 nurses working in different shifts at Hamedan hospitals. Survey of Shift workers (SOS) questionnaire was used for data gathering and the data was analyzed by SPSS16. Findings showed that the average age and work record of the participants were 30.45±7.04 and 7.19±6.82, respectively. Burnout disorder was observed as the most prevalent mental/psychological disorder in 55.6% (n = 40) of the participants; stomachache was the most prevalent digestive system disorder in 29.2% (n = 21) of the participants. Dyspnea (37.8%, n = 20) and heart palpitation (18.1%, n = 13) were the most prevalent cardiovascular disorders and pain in keens and legs (45.9%, n = 33) and backache (40.3%, n = 29) were the most prevalent in comparison to the other types of disorders. Results showed that work shift could act as a risk factor in development of physical and psychological disorders in nurses. This indicates necessity to take preventive measures. Therefore, it is recommended to introduce compulsory checkups for the shift personnel.

How to cite this article:

Hamed Yarmohammadi, Ali Pourmohammadi, Yunse Sohrabi, Soudabeh Eskandari, Mohsen Poursadeghiyan, Hamed Biglari and Mohammad Hossein Ebrahimi, 2016. Work Shift and its Effect on Nurses’ Health and Welfare. The Social Sciences, 11: 2337-2341.

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