Nurses’ Work-Related Mental Health in 2017 and 2020: A Comparative Follow-Up Study before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic put a lot of strain on healthcare organizations. Nurses account for over 50% of healthcare staff, and how nurses perform in their work is influenced by a number of human and work environmental factors. However, to our knowledge, there has not been a previous study with the intention to look at all areas that affect a sustainable working life and how these impact nurses’ mental well-being. The aim of this study is to investigate the association between, and the effect of, different factors in nurses’ work situations associated with nurses’ work-related mental-health diagnoses, before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. A questionnaire was sent out to all 9219 nurses in the Swedish county of Skane in the spring of 2017 and during wave two of the COVID-19 pandemic in the fall of 2020. The data were analyzed through logistic regression analysis. The results showed that lack of joy in the daily work, an increased workload and lack of support from co-workers had an increased association with work-related mental-health diagnoses. Future research regarding the long-term impact of COVID-19 on all areas of nurses’ professional and personal lives is needed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number15569
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume19
Issue number23
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Nov 23

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Environmental Health and Occupational Health

Free keywords

  • work-related
  • mental-health diagnoses
  • work situation
  • work environment
  • nurses

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