Patient safety and job-related stress: a focus group study

Intensive Crit Care Nurs. 2008 Apr;24(2):90-7. doi: 10.1016/j.iccn.2007.11.001. Epub 2007 Dec 21.


This study focused on work-related stress among nurses working with critically ill patients. The aim of the study was to examine the effects of work-related stress with regard to patient safety. The study uses a qualitative design based on focus group interviews with nurses who work with acute, critically ill patients in hospitals. Two regional hospitals were chosen. Inclusion criteria for the focus group panels included the following: nurses with advanced training in anesthesiology, intensive care, or operating-room nursing. Twenty-three nurses were chosen and they were divided into four groups. This study shows that a demanding work environment together with minimal control and social support from colleagues results in increased stress that can often have an effect on patient safety.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Burnout, Professional / prevention & control
  • Burnout, Professional / psychology*
  • Conflict, Psychological
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Health Facility Environment
  • Humans
  • Internal-External Control
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Norway
  • Nurse's Role / psychology
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / education
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology*
  • Patient Advocacy*
  • Professional Autonomy
  • Qualitative Research
  • Safety Management / organization & administration*
  • Social Support
  • Surveys and Questionnaires