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Revista Latinoamericana de Psicología

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GONZALEZ GUTIERREZ, José Luis; MORENO JIMENEZ, Bernardo; GARROSA HERNANDEZ, Eva  and  LOPEZ LOPEZ, Almudena. Mental workload and fatigue in special nursing services. Rev. Latinoam. Psicol. [online]. 2005, vol.37, n.3, pp.477-492. ISSN 0120-0534.

This work examines the association between some of the most relevant demographic and work factors (sex, age, professional level, general experience, kind of special attention unit belonging, shift, hours of work per shift, volume of patients per day, and work contract) and mental workload and fatigue in a sample of 228 nurses developing their activity in eight units of special attention. Two multivariate analyses of variance (MANOVA) were executed. Results show et the unit of special attention, the professional level and the shift length as factors linked to the mental workload. Equally, the unit of special attention and age were linked to the perceived fatigue. Necessity of taking into account the work conditions of nursing special attention in relation to mental workload and fatigue is discussed.

Keywords : Mental workload; Fatigue, Nursing; Work factors; Demographic variables.

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