Effects of work conditions and organisational strategies on nurses' mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

Tin May Li, Li Chung Pien, Ching Chiu Kao, Tomohide Kubo, Wan Ju Cheng

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Abstract

Aims: This study aims to examine coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic-related work factors for adverse effects on the mental health and whether organisational strategies attenuate these effects. Background: COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased work burden and mental health risks for nurses. Methods: A total of 1499 Taiwanese full-time nurses completed a web-based questionnaire between July and December 2020. Pandemic-related work conditions, namely, increased working hours, caring for COVID-19 patients, occupational stigma and redeployment, were assessed. Organisational strategies to combat pandemic-related work stressors including compensation to workers and adequate protection equipment were surveyed. Outcome measures were intention to leave, burnout and depression assessed using validated questionnaires. Results: Redeployment, increased working hours and occupational stigma were associated with adverse mental health and intention to leave in logistic regression analysis. Caring for COVID-19 patients was negatively associated with depression. Adequate compensation for workers modified the association between redeployment and burnout. Conclusions: Pandemic-related work conditions were associated with adverse mental health and intention to leave. Organisational strategies attenuated the adverse impact of the pandemic. Implications for Nursing Management: Efforts to decrease stigma and organisational strategies including compensation for workers and adequate protection equipment provision should be adopted to improve nurses' health during a pandemic.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Nursing Management
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • burnout
  • health care workers
  • mental health
  • pandemic
  • stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management

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