ASSESS THE LEVEL OF STRESS AMONG THE STAFF NURSE WORKING IN SAVEETHA MEDICAL COLLEGE AND HOSPITAL DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Author(s): Muthulakshmi V
, Prithya G
and Vishnu Priya V
Corona virus is a crucial respiratory disease, which impacted the health in both aspects, physically and mentally. High expectations, lack of time, skills, and social support may lead to occupational stress among nurses, which spontaneously causes anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, distress, and other psychological problems. Nurses may also accompany with somatic symptoms, such as palpitations, nausea, dyspnea, and dizziness. The study aims to assess the level of stress among the nurses at SMCH and association between the level of stress and selected demographic variables of staff nurse in quantitative non experimental approach by descriptive research design. A samples was 50 staff nurse selected using recruited by non-probability purposive sampling technique. A selfstructured questionnaire and Likert 5 point scale was used to assess the demographic data and level of stress among the staff nurses. The results shows that, about 38 (76%) of the staff nurse had severe stress, 5 (10%) of the staff nurse had moderate stress and remaining 7 (14%) of the were of mild stress. The chi-square test also shows statistically significant association between education and level of stress among staff nurses at p<0.05 level. This study concluded that, the corona virus has caused severe stress among the nurses at SMCH. ASEAN Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 24 (1) January, 2023; 1-6.