Parc Tauli Hospital Universitario

Barcelona, Spain

Parc Tauli Hospital Universitario

Barcelona, Spain
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Granero-Lazaro A.,Parc Tauli Hospital Universitario | Blanch-Ribas J.M.,Autonomous University of Barcelona | Roldan-Merino J.F.,University of Barcelona | Torralbas-Ortega J.,Parc Tauli Hospital Universitario | Escayola-Maranges A.M.,Parc Tauli Hospital Universitario
Enfermeria Clinica | Year: 2016

In a context of economic crisis and policies to reduce the public deficit, the budgets of the Catalan Health Institute (CHI) were cut by 15.33% between 2010 and 2014. Objective: To assess the perceived impact on nurses' work conditions of measures to contain health spending. Method: The study design was descriptive and transversal. A sample of 1,760 nurses from the province of Barcelona answered a questionnaire on the perceived impact of health spending containment measures implemented in their workplace during the early years of the crisis. Results: Among the main aspects of the perceived impact of these measures, 86.6% of the nurses identified a pay cut and an increase in the following relevant parameters of their working conditions: number of hours worked (66.7%), final ratio of treated patients (35.2%), task complexity and workload (75.3%), rotation through various departments (31.5%), work shifts (21.4%) or work areas (23.4%), job insecurity (58.4%) and loss of employment by dismissal (6.6%) or non-renewal of contract (9%). Conclusions: The perceived impact of the crisis showed a triple negative component: Pay cut, work overload and job insecurity. As a combined effect of this multiple trend, the nurses acknowledged a deterioration in their working conditions and quality of working life. © 2017 Elsevier España, S.L.U.

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