University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0586
Survey Title Survey on Stress among Nursing Care Workers, 2005
Depositor Care Work Foundation
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Summary It has been indicated that nursing care workers experience high rates of turnover, and it is felt that one of the factors making it hard for them to continue working is the mental/physical stress particular to nursing care work. However, there has really never been a sufficient accounting of the actual stress experienced by nursing care workers.

Therefore, this study was conducted on the actual stress felt on the job by nursing care workers employed in group homes, where they both care for and live with care recipients, and those employed in special nursing homes for the elderly and involved in unit care. Its purpose is to identify the relationship between the details and degrees of stress and work, their relationship to employment management systems of the business, and available solution methods and thereby provide basic information on creating future workplace environments for nursing work.
Data Type quantitative research: micro data
Universe Nursing care workers working in “group homes,” where they both care for and live with care recipients, and those working in “the unit care type special nursing homes for the elderly.”
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size Sample size (questionnaires sent) valid responses valid response rate
1,250 people* 580 people 46.4%

*Among them, those at group homes: 750 people
at special nursing homes for the elderly with unit care: 500 people
Date of Collection 2005-02-23 ~ 2005-03-09
2005/02/23 – 03/09
Time Period 2005 ~ 2005
Spatial Unit Japan
Sampling Procedure Mixed probability and non-probability
- Target facilities were randomly sampled based on facilities lists, including that of the “Nationwide Elderly Dementia Patients Group Home Association.” The number of targeted facilities was 150 group homes and 100 special nursing homes for the elderly with unit care.

- Next, based on selection criteria provided in this survey, five nursing care workers working at the facilities were selected by the facilities to be subjects of this survey.

 <Subject selection criteria>
- Five nursing care workers with long scheduled weekly working hours with half or more of their working hours devoted to nursing were selected, and those with half or more of their working hours devoted to administration were excluded.
Mode of Data Collection Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
- A set of questionnaires for distribution to subjects was mailed with a request for survey participation to the directors of targeted facilities.
- Next, each of the directors selected five subjects according to selection criteria and distributed questionnaires and return envelopes to each of the subjects.
- Questionnaires were then anonymously self-administered by subjects.
- Completed questionnaires were returned by mail directly by subjects without passing through the facility.
Investigator Care Work Foundation, survey carried out by UFJ Research Institute
DOI 10.34500/SSJDA.0586
Sponsors (Funds)
Related Publications (by the Investigator) Please refer to the abstract in Japanese.
Related Publications (based on Secondary Analysis) List of related publications (based on Secondary Analysis)
Documentation [Questionnaire]
Major Survey Items (1) Business attributes
Type of facility, number of workers/residents during night shifts, percentage of residents requiring nursing care level 4 or above, percentage of residents with dementia, whether or not providing terminal (end of life) care

(2) Negative characteristics and stress of workplace/job
Ease of working at current workplace, feelings about workplace and job/degree of stress (working conditions, quantity and quality of tasks involved in, relationship to users, relationship to workplace and superiors, relationship to colleagues, life outside of work) (30 items)

(3) Employment management measures
Measures taken by facility that respondent views as sufficient, employment management measures useful for stress relief

(4) Support
Whether or not there is someone to seek advice from when in trouble

(5) Thoughts on nursing care work
Sense of achievement/joy about nursing care work, most recent feeling (burnout [burnout syndrome] scale), intention to continue working in nursing care

(6) Personal attributes, etc.
Gender, age, highest level of educational attainment, marital status, household family members, health condition, mode of work, position, number of years of experience in current workplace, total years of experience in nursing, number of years respondent hopes to work in current workplace, other workplace experience, comparison of stress between past and current workplaces, number of working days in a regular month, number of actual hours worked in a regular month, number of days working nightshifts in a regular month, number of times a day shift was scheduled immediately following a nightshift in a regular month, annual income, self-assessment of nursing skills, certifications held, state of enrollment in insurance for on-the-job accidents/illness
Date of Release 2008/07/08
Topics in CESSDA Click here for details

General health and well-being
Labour relations/conflict
Working conditions
Topics in SSJDA Social Security/Welfare
Version 1 : 2008-07-08
Notes for Users Variable and value labels are written in Japanese.