The Impact of Work Stress on Turnover Intentions Among Palliative Care Nurses in Saudi Arabia
Palliative care nurses are vulnerable for work stress since their role involves continuous exposure to deaths and family grieving. Stressful work environment can contribute to multiple negative consequences such as headache, sleep disturbances, short temper, anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure and a weakened immune system. More attention needs to be paid to palliative care nurses as they are at higher risk for work stress and turnover intention. Despite the importance of research regarding job stress in nurses, there is limited information about job stress and turnover intention in palliative care nurses. Therefore, the aim of this study is to assess the impact of Work stress on turnover intention among palliative care nurses. Study design: descriptive correlation design to examine the work stress and turnover intention among nurses in palliative care. Sample size: 126 palliative care nurses. Finding: majority of the sample have three or less years of experience. More than 60% of nurses in this study revealed high and moderate intention to leave the workplace. Further, it was found that turnover intention was correlated significantly at the 0.01 level (2-tailed) with work-related strains (r=.288, P <.01). Conclusion: unattained work-related strains in the workplace can lead to many negative sequences and eventually turnover among nurses. The results from this study can help to make an informed decision to improve the work environment and find ways to reduce stress among nurses.