Chulalongkorn Medical Journal


Background: Previous studies have found that occupational stress affects work performance among registered nurses and causes a high turnover rate. The study of occupational stress levels and related factors can help prevent occupational stress impacting on physical and mental health. Also, it may help increase work efficiency and enhance the commitment to the organization. Objective: To study the level of occupational stress and related factors among registered nurses at Relief and Community Health Bureau, The Thai Red Cross Society (RCHB-TRC). Methods: This was a cross-sectional study conducted at the RCHB-TRC, Thailand. Data were collected from 133 registered nurses using self-administered questionnaires, Occupational Stress questionnaire, Factors Related with Occupational Stress questionnaire, and Social Support assessment. Results: Most subjects were female. Approximately, 60.9% of the subjects had low, 23.3% had very low, and 15.8% had moderate level of occupational stress. Factors related to occupational stress were income sufficiency (P < 0.01), overall work factors (P < 0.001), and overall social support factors (P < 0.001). Work factors were positively correlated with occupational stress while social activity support, news and information support factor, and emotional support factors were negatively correlated with occupational stress. Conclusion: These findings can be applied in reducing occupational stress of registered nurses by enhancing appropriate role-related factor and increasing emotional support.


Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University

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