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  1. Abuatiq, Alham PhD, CNE, RN
  2. Borchardt, Carla DNP, RN, NE-BC


OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore the occupational stress perception of nurses and how they manage it during the COVID-19 pandemic.


BACKGROUND: The management of occupational stress is a key factor in promoting nurses' well-being.


METHODS: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted.


RESULTS: The top occupational stressors from the nurses' perspectives (N = 236) as measured by using an updated version of the Nursing Stress Scale (NSS) included wearing a face mask at all times in the hospital, unpredictable staffing and scheduling, not enough staff to adequately cover the unit, feeling helpless in the case a patient fails to improve, and being assigned to a COVID-19 patient. The mean stress score was 31.87. The updated NSS Cronbach's [alpha] was 0.92, and the interclass interclass correlation coefficient was 0.914.


CONCLUSION: Nurse administrators are in a strategic position to develop interventions (eg, open door policy, meetings, and employee assistance programs) to assist nurses in effectively managing stress.