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Rating interpersonal relations between nurses in Intensive Care Units

Eleni Vasiliou , Theodore Kapadochos , Alexios Samentzas , Georgia Toylia , Christina Marvaki


Interpersonal relationships are being developed between people who are in a community. The problem of interpersonal relations is not as setting targets and allocating financial resources, as the implementation of decisions. Aim: The aim of the present study was to -investigate whether communication, interpersonal relations and sociodemographic characteristics affect the cooperation of nurses,- and their performance. Method and Material: The studied population consisted of 202 nurses of Technological and University educational level who were asked to fill in a specially modified questionnaire based on the literature. The research took place in public and private hospitals of Attica. The duration of the study was from May 2009 to May 2010. Statistical analysis was performed by using the statistical package SPSS ver.13. Results: 67% (n=136) of the studied population were women. As regards working hours, the majority of nurses claimed that followed the rotating shift, at a percentage of 74% (n=148). The level of communication between nurses working in constant time is higher than that of nurses working in rotating shifts (p = 0.007). Also, the happier state nurses from their work, the more it seems to be a high level of communication (p <0.001). And finally, it appears that the level of cooperation of the nurses with their colleagues seem to be higher when the relationship between the nurses (p<0.001) was better. Conclusions: The high wages, opportunities for continuing education and socio-economic status was found to affect too much or interpersonal relationships, but to a lesser extent than the previous two factors

Keywords: Interpersonal relations, communication, nurse, intensive care units

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