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Master Of Science In Nursing

Colleges & School

Ruth S. Coleman College Of Nursing And Health Sciences

First Advisor

Margaret Murphy

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Chronic diseases; Fibromyalgia; Nurses--Job stress


The purpose of this exploratory study was to describe the perceptions of selected job characteristics of staff nurses with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). Criteria for inclusion in this study included being a female registered nurse employed in a staff nurse position providing direct patient care, and a diagnosis of FMS from a physician. Nurses were informed of this study through an article and an advertisement placed in Nursingmatters, a monthly statewide nursing newspaper delivered to nurses' homes. Data were collected by posting a survey on the Internet for 8 weeks. The survey contained inclusion criteria and information about the participant's job, age, FMS, and the job content questionnaire, a survey designed to report on 8 dimensions of the workplace. The final question was open-ended, inviting the participant to add comments relevant to the topic. Sixty­five respondents met the inclusion criteria. Data analysis was completed using a computer program, the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences. Both descriptive and chi square statistics were calculated. Findings of this study include the majority of participants were employed in the hospital; had not changed jobs but had changed the number of hours they worked, were age 50 to 59, and had a baccalaureate degree. The majority also reported being diagnosed with FMS for 5 years or more, and considered pain the predominant symptom ofFMS. Chi square findings include strong association between perceptions of working in a hospital setting and high physical demands. The hospital was also strongly associated with requests for excessive amounts of work and an environment where waiting on work from others slows down the nurse. The responses to the open-ended question reported a lack of social support from both coworkers and supervisors, high psychological demands for some, and the physical demands of work were reported in positive and negative terms.


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