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Enfermería Global

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FERRAZ MESA, María de los Ángeles et al. Stress in nursing graduates and healthcare assistants in surgical areas of hospital. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2021, vol.20, n.61, pp.193-213.  Epub Feb 01, 2021. ISSN 1695-6141.


To analyse the stress level in Nursing Graduates and Healthcare Assistants in surgical areas of the Public Hospitals in Gran Canaria.

Material and Methods:

Quantitative, descriptive/observational study of cross-sectional prevalence in 143 subjects (Nursing Degree and Healthcare Assistant, henceforth (H.C.A.), in the University Hospital of Gran Canaria Doctor Negrín, henceforth U.H.G.C. Dr. Negrín and Complejo Hospitalario Universitario Insular-Materno Infantil de Canarias(Children and maternity care hospital of the Canary Islands), henceforth the C.H.U. Insular-Materno Infantil de Canarias, in the surgery services/operating rooms, Trauma Resuscitation Unit (TRU) , Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (P.A.C.U.), and Major Outpatient Surgery (M.O.S.), from 2016 to 2019. By means of an anonymous and voluntary self-completion survey based on the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) from Cohen, S., Kamarck, T., and Mermelstein, R. It was distributed in 14 items, a questionnaire of 19 demographic and socio-labour items was also carried out, applying a cross-sectional design of dependent and independent variables.


They show a stress level with a median of 22%. The mean is 21.79, the standard deviation is 7.26, the 25th percentile results in 17%, the 50th percentile is 22% and the 75th percentile is 39%. Total reliability is 0.86 using Cronbach's Alpha.


H.C.A. workers and Nursing Graduates from the aforementioned units show a moderate level of stress, but institutions should intervene to minimize it as much as possible.

Keywords : work stress; nursing; dealing with stress; anxiety; stress.

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