Occupational Stress and Its Impact on Work and Work-Life Balance among Nurses in a Large Private Hospital in South India
Keywords:occupational stress, nurse, factors of stress, work life balance
The job stress is common among all the professions. The nursing profession is combined with stressful
work environments and heavy workload that are leading to work life imbalance. Stress has been a routine
and accepted as part of the nursing profession and there is lack of research on occupational stress in south
India. The aim of this study is to find out the factors of occupational stress and its impact on work and
work life balance of nursing professionals in a large private hospital in south India. There are many reasons
that affect work life balance of the nursing professionals. The study is focused on more on factors that
leads to occupational stress. The universe of the study was nursing professionals in a large private hospital
in South India. For this study purpose the researcher is used quantitative study method and descriptive
research design. The hospital is having more than one thousand bed capacity and consists of 600 nursing
professional including permanent and contractual nature of employment. The study sample consists of 60
respondents (permanent nurses) including both male and female nursing professional are selected. Simple
random sampling method is used and collected primary data. The data is collected by using self-administered
questionnaire. The questionnaires were distributed among in all the wards/units of the hospital. The data
analysis was done through Microsoft Excel and the inferences were drawn and presented. The findings of the
study reveal that the heavy workload, long working hours and insufficient staff are the main factors that lead
to occupational stress. The stress really affected on their work life balance and nursing professionals were
not able to concentrate on their work which will also lead to other health related problem.
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