oa Botswana Notes & Records - Correlates of Work-Place Stress: A Case Study of Botswana Nurses Working in Clinics

Volume 36 Number 1
  • ISSN : 0525-5090



The nature of the work of a nurse incorporates several distinctive and stressful features which include dealing with crises, the continuous physical and emotional demands of patients, and daily confrontation with pain, suffering, and death. As a result, nurses experience higher rates of stress related disease, mortality, suicide, psychiatric admissions, and general physical illness than does the general population. 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 among nurses in Botswana.

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