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Title:Correlates of work-place stress: a case study of Botswana nurses working in clinics
Authors:Fako, Thabo T.ISNI
Forcheh, Ntonghanwah
Linn, J. Gary
Periodical:Botswana Notes and Records (ISSN 0525-5090)
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Botswana
Southern Africa
occupational health
job satisfaction
Medicine, Nutrition, Public Health
Job stress
social integration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/40980365
Abstract:Much of the criticism of nursing care in Botswana has suggested that the work environment, shortage of staff, low level of education, type of health care facility, and income are among factors relevant to the overall well-being or otherwise of nurses. The stress normally associated with job-related dissatisfaction, however, has not been documented. This study examines the extent of stress among nurses working in State-run health facilities in Botswana, notably clinics and health posts. It investigates which of the factors that have been cited in the literature as possible workplace stressors may explain stress among nurses in Botswana. A parsimonious model for predicting workplace stress is developed, and recommendations for reducing workplace stress among nurses are suggested for managerial interventions. The data were collected as part of a national survey of nurses in Botswana. Questionnaires were sent to 600 nurses. Of these, 425 returned their questionnaire, and 313 responded to the questionnaire item relating to workplace stress. The study found that a significant proportion of nurses in Botswana experience work-related stress. Among the many factors considered, dissatisfaction with the workstation ranked topmost among the workplace stressors. Inadequate telecommunication facilities, dissatisfaction with salary, dissatisfaction with the job, and lack of opportunities to attend workshops and seminars were other key factors that accounted significantly for work-related stress. Satisfaction with the workstation had a cushioning effect on job dissatisfaction, but not on any of the other three factors. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]