Examining Sleep Quality and Job Satisfaction of Critical Care Nurses

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Marmara Univ, Inst Health Sciences

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Objective: Ensuring patient safety in intensive care units, which constitute the key area of nursing profession, depends on protecting the safety of nurses. Intensive care units providing nonstop treatment in challenging conditions change the sleep quality, psychological and physiological rhythm of nurses. In this units nurses need to work very carefully always. Based on this thought, we aimed to examine the sleep quality and job satisfaction of intensive care nurses. Methods: 234 nurses from different intensive care units in five different hospitals participated in this descriptive cross-sectional study. Personal information form, Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) and Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire (MSQ) were used in data analysis. Results: No differences were found among Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index scores of nurses with respect to intensive care units, whereas Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire scores were found to be different (p<0.005). The average Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index score was found to be 8.99 +/- 3.45. The highest Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire scores were found at level 3 general surgery, anesthesia intensive care units and neonatal intensive care units. A significant relationship was found between the job satisfaction of nurses and the duration of work in intensive care units (p<0.001). Conclusions: Although nurses were happy to work in intensive care units, their sleep quality was found to be 'poor' and their job satisfaction was found to be at 'medium level'. In order to improve sleep quality of intensive care nurses, working hours should be revised. It is recommended that managers make improvements that increase motivation and take into account the feedback of employees.


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Clinical And Experimental Health Sciences

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