Emergency Department Nurses

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TITLE : Psychological Status And Well Being Among Emergency Department Nurses In Hospitals In Malaysia
Dashant THIRUCHELVAM1*, Abu Yazid MD NOH1, Shaik Farid ABDULL WAHAB1, KUEH Yee Cheng2.
1Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medical Sciences, University Sains Malaysia, 16150 Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, Malaysia.
2Unit of Biostatistics and Research Methodology, School of Medical Scieces, University Sains Malaysia, 16150 Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, Malaysia.
* Corresponding author: Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medical Sciences, University Sains Malaysia, 16150 Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, Malaysia.
Email: dashant@hotmail.com

ABSTRACT

Objective: To determine the psychological status, particularly the level of depression, anxiety and stress level among Emergency Department (ED) nurses in hospitals in Malaysia and its association to demographic factors.

Methods: A survey research was conducted in the ED of seven hospitals in Malaysia. A total of 168 nurses from the ED who fulfilled the inclusion criteria were included in the study. Each nurse was given a set of questionnaire consisting demographic background and the DASS 21 for data collection.

Results: The results from 168 nurses showed a total of 23 nurses (14.3%) recorded scores for moderate depression, 1 nurse (0.6%) each recorded a score for severe and extremely severe
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Emergency nursing is a specialty in which nurses care for patients in the emergency or critical phase of their illness or injury and are adept at discerning life-threatening problems, prioritizing the urgency of care, rapidly and effectively carrying out resuscitative measures and other treatment, acting with a high degree of autonomy and ability to initiate needed measures without outside direction, educating the patient and his family with the information and emotional support needed to preserve themselves as they cope with a new reality.

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