Acta Scientific Medical Sciences (ASMS)(ISSN: 2582-0931)

Research Article Volume 7 Issue 5

Work-Related Stressors and Coping Mechanisms Among Nurses in Some Hospitals in Bonassama District Health Areas Douala, Cameroon

Basil Kum Meh1,2*, Quevine Nguembong Matchinda2, Franklin Chu Buh1, Angel Bisong-Eben Tarang2, Clive Jezeh NGUENGUIM2, Mary Progress Sih Fung2,3 and Harry Mbacham Fon1,2

1Department of Animal Biology and Conservation, Faculty of Science, University of Buea, Cameroon
2Department of Health Sciences, STEM Higher Institute of Health and Business Douala, Cameroon
3Department of Public Health and Hygiene, Faculty Health Sciences, University of Buea, Cameroon

*Corresponding Author: Basil Kum Meh, Department of Animal Biology and Conservation, Faculty of Science, University of Buea, Cameroon.

Received: March 24, 2023; Published: April 14, 2023


Introduction: Nurses suffer from high levels of work-related stressors (WRS) which threatens their health, patient’s lives and compromise the quality of nursing care.

Objective: The aim of this study was to determine various WRS and coping mechanisms among nurses in some selected health structures at the Bonassama health area Douala, Cameroon.

Methods: a cross-sectional study was carried out in some hospitals in the Bonassama District health area in Douala from May to July 2020. Data on the demographics, stressors, and copping strategies were collected from 121 nurses in a face-to-face interview using a well-structured questionnaire within six weeks.

Results: Our results showed that the majority of the participants (63.6%) identified; few number of staff on duty as the main WRS among nurses. Reduce concentration (52.9%) was the main effect of WRS on the performance of nurses, while headaches (60.3%), chronic low back pain (58.7%) and insomnia (47.1%) were identified as the main effects of WRS on their health. Most participants (53%) declared that they used situational control of the conditions as coping strategies.

Conclusion: The main WRS among nurses at the Bonassama district health area was shortage of nurses per shift. Reduce concentration, headaches, chronic low back pain, and insomnia were the main effects of WRS among nurses. Majority of them applied situational control as a coping mechanism.

 Keywords: Work-Related Stressors; Nurses; Coping Mechanisms; Banassama; Bonaberi-Douala; Cameroon


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Citation: Basil Kum Meh., et al. “Work-Related Stressors and Coping Mechanisms Among Nurses in Some Hospitals in Bonassama District Health Areas Douala, Cameroon”.Acta Scientific Medical Sciences 7.5 (2023): 16-21a.


Copyright: © 2023 Basil Kum Meh., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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