Impacts of stress on nursing staff of an intensive care unit

Cláudia Cristiane Filgueira Martins, Viviane Euzébia Pereira Santos, Francis Solange Vieira Tourinho, Cilene Nunes Dantas, Polyanna Keitte Fernandes Gurgel, Kalya Yasmine Nunes de Lima


Objective: To analyze the impacts of stress on the body of the nursing staff members from the ICU of a University Hospital in Natal-RN, Brazil. Method: Qualitative research of descriptive approach. Data collection happened through a semi-structured interview carried out with nursing professionals of this sector. These data were collected after the study was approved by the Research Ethics Committee of the Onofre Lopes University Hospital by CAAE No 0037.0.294.000-11. Data was analyzed through the thematic content analysis technique. Results: The categories that emerged from the analysis of participants' speech were: The body talks: Signs and Symptoms of Stress; and Working hours: impacts on the daily lives of the professionals. Conclusion: This study allowed us to realize that arduous working hours is a crucial factor in triggering diseases of body and mind of nursing professionals, the main signs are: physical and mental fatigue, insomnia, musculoskeletal pain, memory problems and chronic diseases


Enfermagem; Estresse; Saúde do Trabalhador

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