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SMAD. Revista eletrônica saúde mental álcool e drogas

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SANTOS, Flávia Duarte dos et al. Nursing stress in adult intensive care units: a literature review. SMAD, Rev. Eletrônica Saúde Mental Álcool Drog. (Ed. port.) [online]. 2010, vol.6, n.1, pp. 1-16. ISSN 1806-6976.

This literature review aimed to identify the factors that generate stress, their effects, signs and symptoms present in active nurses who work in adult intensive care units. Articles published between 2006 and 2008 were searched in the LILACS database and SciELO library. Results showed that the main stressing factors were: work overload, conflict of functions, depreciation and work conditions. The signs and symptoms were: palpitation, lack of appetite, chills, anxiety and pain in articulation. Results indicate the need of team meetings, activity planning, active participation in the decisions of the multiprofessional team and valorization of the different kinds of knowledge, for benefit of the workers' health and the quality of the work.

Palavras-chave : Psychological Stress; Intensive care units; Nursing care.

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