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Title: Acute mental health settings in Malta : Nurses' perceptions of stressors and coping mechanisms
Authors: Camilleri, Anthony
Keywords: Mental health -- Malta
Health services administration
Psychiatric nurses -- Job stress
Psychiatric hospitals
Issue Date: 2012
Citation: Cachia A. (2012). Acute mental health settings in Malta : Nurses' perceptions of stressors and coping mechanisms (Bachelor's dissertation).
Abstract: The main aim and objectives of this study were to identify stressors affecting nurses working in an acute mental health setting and how they cope with them in relation to demographic factors, working conditions, work environment, support, relationship, bullying and coping mechanisms. A cross-sectional quantitative design was utilised and data was collected by means of a self-designed questionnaire, constructed from information gathered through a literature review for the purpose of this study. A purposive sample of 63 nurses from a target population of 65 working within 6 acute psychiatric settings in a local psychiatric hospital participated. Data was analysed manually by statistical analyses. Findings from this study indicated high percentage level of stress amongst respondents. Salient work related stressors perceived by nurses included: working conditions and environment, lack of support and staff, nursing duties/time management, lack of professional recognition and verbal bullying. The most prevalent coping strategies adopted were emotionally focused. Findings indicated that the majority of respondents are keen to receive more training and education to improve their knowledge and skills in coping effectively, thus providing a better service. Findings from this study may highlight the need for more managerial support, professional recognition and enhancing relationship and communication between staff members. However, further research across all the mental health settings is recommended in order to have a better understanding of nurses' perceptions and sources of stress as well as coping mechanisms.
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacHSc - 2012
Dissertations - FacHScMH - 2012

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