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Effect of chronic work stress on autonomic function among nurses of tertiary care center of Central India

Ragini Shrivastava, Sunil Chouhan, Pranjal Shrivastava, Hanjabam Barun Sharma.

Abstract
Background: Stress is a fundamental and inevitable experience in modern work. Nursing is a demanding profession by its inherent nature, and it promotes mild mental morbidity and physical disease. Chronic work stress may lead to deranged autonomic function in nurses, resulting in increased chances of cardiac illness.

Aim and Objective: The objective of this research was to see whether work stress is linked to autonomic dysfunction.

Materials and Methods: The present study comprised 30 nurses working at a tertiary care center for more than 10 years. Autonomic cardiovascular regulation was measured using sympathetic stimulation generated by prolonged handgrip and the heart rate response to the Valsalva technique (Ewing et al., 1973) and compared to non-working healthy females. The work stress was measured using a modified occupational stress inventory.

Results: No sympathetic abnormalities were found in the nurses. Borderline abnormal parasympathetic reactivity (VR = 1.111.20) was found in 67% of nurses. About 76.6% of nurses were found with moderate occupational stress score (OSS) and 23.3% were having high OSS.

Conclusion: It is concluded that chronic stress reduces vagal tone. Subjects with low vagal tone showed increased cardiosympathetic drive during stressful work situations.

Key words: Occupational Stress; Nursing; Autonomic Function Test; Cardiac Autonomic Regulation; Tertiary Care Center


 
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Shrivastava R, Chouhan S, Shrivastava P, Sharma HB. Effect of chronic work stress on autonomic function among nurses of tertiary care center of Central India. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol. 2021; 11(9): 1007-1011. doi:10.5455/njppp.2021.11.07233202120072021


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Shrivastava R, Chouhan S, Shrivastava P, Sharma HB. Effect of chronic work stress on autonomic function among nurses of tertiary care center of Central India. http://www.njppp.com/?mno=94401 [Access: October 01, 2021]. doi:10.5455/njppp.2021.11.07233202120072021


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Shrivastava R, Chouhan S, Shrivastava P, Sharma HB. Effect of chronic work stress on autonomic function among nurses of tertiary care center of Central India. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol. 2021; 11(9): 1007-1011. doi:10.5455/njppp.2021.11.07233202120072021



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Shrivastava R, Chouhan S, Shrivastava P, Sharma HB. Effect of chronic work stress on autonomic function among nurses of tertiary care center of Central India. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol. (2021), [cited October 01, 2021]; 11(9): 1007-1011. doi:10.5455/njppp.2021.11.07233202120072021



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Shrivastava, R., Chouhan, . S., Shrivastava, . P. & Sharma, . H. B. (2021) Effect of chronic work stress on autonomic function among nurses of tertiary care center of Central India. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol, 11 (9), 1007-1011. doi:10.5455/njppp.2021.11.07233202120072021



Turabian Style

Shrivastava, Ragini, Sunil Chouhan, Pranjal Shrivastava, and Hanjabam Barun Sharma. 2021. Effect of chronic work stress on autonomic function among nurses of tertiary care center of Central India. National Journal of Physiology, Pharmacy and Pharmacology, 11 (9), 1007-1011. doi:10.5455/njppp.2021.11.07233202120072021



Chicago Style

Shrivastava, Ragini, Sunil Chouhan, Pranjal Shrivastava, and Hanjabam Barun Sharma. "Effect of chronic work stress on autonomic function among nurses of tertiary care center of Central India." National Journal of Physiology, Pharmacy and Pharmacology 11 (2021), 1007-1011. doi:10.5455/njppp.2021.11.07233202120072021



MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Shrivastava, Ragini, Sunil Chouhan, Pranjal Shrivastava, and Hanjabam Barun Sharma. "Effect of chronic work stress on autonomic function among nurses of tertiary care center of Central India." National Journal of Physiology, Pharmacy and Pharmacology 11.9 (2021), 1007-1011. Print. doi:10.5455/njppp.2021.11.07233202120072021



APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Shrivastava, R., Chouhan, . S., Shrivastava, . P. & Sharma, . H. B. (2021) Effect of chronic work stress on autonomic function among nurses of tertiary care center of Central India. National Journal of Physiology, Pharmacy and Pharmacology, 11 (9), 1007-1011. doi:10.5455/njppp.2021.11.07233202120072021