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Hwang and Hwang: Factors Associated with Work-Related Injuries of Nurses in Small and Medium Sized Hospitals



This study was conducted to examine the factors associated with work related injuries of nurses in small and medium sized hospitals.


A cross-sectional survey was conducted with nurses in eight hospitals from October 2007 to January 2008. A questionnaire was designed to collect information on nurses' work related injuries, and individual and job related characteristics. The response rate was 65.1%. Data from 294 nurses were analyzed. Multiple logistic regression analysis was performed to determine factors associated with work related injuries.


Of the 294 nurses, 19.1% (n=56) responded as having at least one injury during their job performance. The logistic regression analysis revealed that the significant factors influencing work related injuries were job satisfaction, stress recognition, and hospital's location. Nurses with a higher job satisfaction were less likely to experience work related injuries (OR=0.58). Nurses with a higher stress recognition (OR=2.57) and those working at hospitals in metropolitan cities (OR=3.28) were more likely to experience work related injuries.


The result of this study indicated that a substantial proportion of nurses in small and medium sized hospitals had experienced injuries related to nursing job. Interventions to prevent work related injuries among nurses should take into account the job satisfaction, stress recognition, and hospital characteristics.

Figures and Tables

Table 1
General characteristics of the participants by injury occurrence
Table 2
Job-related characteristics by injury occurrence

*Fisher's exact test

Table 3
Pearson correlation coefficients among continuous variables

***<.001, **<.01, *<.05

Table 4
Logistic regression results for work-related injury occurrence


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