Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

[The working conditions of paramedical professionals in general, paediatric and combined medical practices in Hungary]

HIRDI Henriett Éva1,2, KÁLMÁNNÉ SIMON Mária1,3, BALOGH Zoltán1,4

JULY 30, 2012

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice - 2012;25(04)

[Aim of the study: To assess the working conditions of paramedical professionals in general, child and family practices, and to compare the data with the results of the survey conducted by the Hungarian Chamber of Paramedical Professionals (MESZK) in 2006 and by the National Institute of Primary Care (OALI) in 2004. Methodology and sample: The cross-sectional survey was conducted between 13 May 2012 and 30 June 2012 among paramedical professionals working in general, child and family practices, selected using a random, sampling method (N=812). The data gathering took place using a web-based, anonymous, self-completion questionnaire. The authors analysed the gathered data with Microsoft Excel 2007 software, employing a descriptive and mathematical statistical methods. Results: Based on the results of the survey it was concluded that the primary task of the nurses (95%) was the preparation of reports and data submissions, and keeping the electronic patients records system up-to-date accordingly. Their second most common activity (94%) is participation in the performance of tasks related to patient care. 67% of the nurses that responded perform health education, health awareness and advisory activities, primarily in relation to the topics of healthy nutrition, recommended screening tests and the spread of infectious diseases. The nurses are generally satisfi ed with their physical working conditions (72%), their job security (77%), their work schedule (77%) and their co-workers (83%), but they expressed the least satisfaction (73%) with their fi nancial compensation. Conclusions: Everyday experience and the results of the research show that the situation of paramedical workers, in terms of the activities they perform, their income, the allocation of holiday leave, and substitution, has not improved at all in comparison to the fi ndings of the 2006 survey. A signifi cant proportion of the nurses would like to perform more substantive and professionally challenging tasks, but their working environment does not allow this.]

AFFILIATIONS

  1. Magyar Egészségügyi Szakdolgozói Kamara
  2. Semmelweis Egyetem Doktori Iskola
  3. Kanizsay Dorottya Egészségügyi Szakképz Iskola és Gimnázium
  4. Semmelweis Egyetem, Egészségtudományi Kar, Budapest

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