Comparison of the Fear Levels and Sleep Problems of Nurses Working in Wards Where Patients with and without COVID-19 Are Hospitalized: A Study from Turkey

Psychiatr Danub. 2021 Dec;33(Suppl 13):357-363.

Abstract

Background: This study was carried out to compare the fear levels and sleep problems of nurses working in wards where patients with COVID-19 are hospitalized and nurses working in wards without COVID-19 patients.

Subjects and methods: This descriptive, cross-sectional research was conducted on 211 nurses using a web-based online survey in Turkey (including 104 nurses working in wards where patients with COVID-19/107 nurses working in wards where patients without COVID-19).

Results: When the COVID-19 Fear Scale mean scores of the nurses working in wards where patients with/without COVID-19 were compared, it was determined that the difference between the groups was statistically significant (p<0.05). When the sleep problems experienced were compared according to the Post-Sleep Inventory, it was determined that the difference between the groups was not statistically significant (p>0.05). There was a moderately significant and positive correlation between the nurses' mean scores for the COVID-19 Fear Scale and Post-Sleep Inventory.

Conclusions: It was determined that as the fear levels of nurses increased, they experienced more sleep problems.

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Fear
  • Humans
  • Nurses*
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Sleep Wake Disorders* / epidemiology
  • Turkey