Objective: To describe the common signs and symptoms of occupational stress in nurses.
Method: The descriptive study design was conducted on 281 nurses who were taking care patients at the Phu Yen General Hospital, Phu Yen province. Data collection instruments were developed based on literature reviews. The self-report questionnaire were used to collect data from participants.
Results: All nurses had at least one of the signs or symptoms belonging to 4 groups of physical, psychological, emotional and behavioral signs or symptoms. Physical and psychological signs appeared more than emotional and behavioral signs. In which, the most frequent and continuous signs were described including of fatigue, headache (53.4%); decrease in concentration (42%); insomnia (33.1%) and fastidious, irritable (36.7%). The symptoms were few or never appear including causing trouble with people around, making frequent mistakes, limiting contact, forming negative habits.
Conclusion: Occupational stress was a common health problem, and their signs or symptoms varied from person to group. Current research was performed to assess the signs or symptoms of occupational stress in nurses and it would provide very useful data for healthcare facility sector in Viet Nam.
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