Work stress and psychological well-being among the nursing profession in Singapore

Singapore Med J. 1997 Jun;38(6):256-60.


Objective: To investigate the work stress of nursing and its relationship with the psychological well-being of the nurses.

Design: A survey research method was adopted in which a questionnaire was designed for data collection.

Setting: The study was conducted in the hospital setting.

Subjects: Nurses (N = 1,043) of different grades participated in this study on an anonymous and voluntary basis.

Measures: A work stress measure (ie, the Nursing Stress Inventory) and GHQ-12 were incorporated in a questionnaire which also contained items on subject's background information.

Results: The eight areas of work stress identified were found to be negatively related to psychological well-being of the nurses, with stronger effects on anxiety and depression than sense of adequacy.

Conclusion: Certain work stressors were more detrimental than those others. They may also exert differential effects on the affective and cognitive stress reactions.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anxiety
  • Data Collection
  • Depressive Disorder
  • Female
  • Hospitals, Public
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Health*
  • Middle Aged
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology*
  • Singapore
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology*
  • Workload