The Quality of Working Life among Nurses in Pediatric Setting in Spain: A pilot study
Introduction: The health professional´s occupational health can affect both the quality of the care provided and the degree of training and the therapeutic techniques available.In case of nurses, they usually are exposed to situations that affect their Quality of Working Life (QoWL). The aim was to measure the quality of working life among nurses in pediatric departments and its factors associated.
Methods: A cross-sectional pilot study conducted in nurses of Pediatric departments in public hospitals in Andalusian (Spain). Participants completed the biographical questionnaire and the validated 23-item Work-Related Quality of Life scale (WRQoL). A descriptive and multiple regression analysis were carried out.
Results: The average QoWL of pediatric nurses was of 78.13 19.89 according to WRQoL scale. In relation to factors associated to QoWL, the analyses showed that having a master – maximum educational level, having pediatric nursing specialty, being married or having a civil partner and having labor flexibility for the reconciliation of work and private life increased total WRQoL score except having pediatric nursing specialty which decreased it.
Conclusion: Although the total WRQoL is average, more efforts should be made to increase the total WRQoL among pediatric nurses and to ask about other aspects in which to work to maintain a high QoWL.
Keywords: Quality of Working Life, Pediatric Nurse, Occupational health.