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Enfermería Global

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MOURA, Reinaldo dos Santos et al. Stress, burnout and depression in nursing professionals in intensive care units. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2019, vol.18, n.54, pp.79-123.  Epub Oct 14, 2019. ISSN 1695-6141.


To analyze the preliminary levels of stress, Burnout and depression among nursing assistants and technicians working at intensive care units of some private hospital services.


A quantitative-analytical and cross-sectional study in three private hospital services and in four intensive care units. The data collection instrument consisted of five validated questionnaires: socioeconomic and demographic profile, stress symptomatology in Bacarro, Work Stress Scale, JBeili Questionnaire, Brazilian version inspired by the Maslach Burnout Inventory (HSS - Human Services Survey) and the Beck Depression Inventory, all data were treated using analytical statistics.


The study included 72 nursing assistants and technicians, the majority was female (52.8%), nursing technician (95.8%), aged 31-35 years old (27.8%), married (54,2%) and with two or more employments (62.5%). They were classified with moderate stress (70.8%) in Bacarro, with mild stress (66.7%) on the work stress scale, in initial phase of Burnout syndrome (68.1%) and with dysphoric-depressive symptoms (45,8%).


Intensive care units are potentially tensiogenic unhealthy environments and with high absenteeism rates. The study participants keep double working hours, mostly women and with children, presenting high scores of stress, Burnout and depression.

Keywords : Nursing Research; Working Conditions; Burnout, Professional; Occupational Health Nursing; Intensive Care Units.

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