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Health and safety risks affecting part-time nursing students

Lorato G. Manyeneng, Mogale L. Pilusa, Mmataniele S. Mogotlane
Health SA Gesondheid | Vol 26 | a1404 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hsag.v26i0.1404 | © 2021 Lorato G. Manyeneng, Mogale L. Pilusa, Mmataniele S. Mogotlane | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 January 2020 | Published: 01 April 2021

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Lorato G. Manyeneng, Department of Nursing, Faculty of Science, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa
Mogale L. Pilusa, Department of Nursing, Faculty of Science, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa
Mmataniele S. Mogotlane, Department of Nursing, Faculty of Science, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

Background: Professional nurses who are employed full-time can study their postgraduate programmes part-time to add to the basic qualification they obtained through relevant institutions of higher education like universities or colleges. Although there are advantages for part-time study such as improvement of qualifications, enhancement of personal development and increased chance of promotion, there are disadvantages as well, which includes keeping a job, attending to family and social responsibilities, time management to ensure that studying is done after work or in-between work and other activities, attending to assignments and complying with the requirements to acquire the qualification.

Aim: This study aimed to explore health and safety risks faced by nurses who work and study part-time.

Setting: The study was conducted at a university in Gauteng province, South Africa. Nurses who undertake part-time studies at this university were the focus of study.

Method: The research design used in the study was an exploratory, quantitative method that was contextual in nature. Data were collected using a self-administered questionnaire that comprised of demographical and health and safety aspects. Data were analysed by means of descriptive statistics using the Statistics package for Social Sciences version 26.

Results: Research findings indicated that students who study part-time experience health and safety risks such as fatigue (n = 86; 49%), stress (n = 95; 54%), sleep disorders (n = 60; 34%), poor eating habits (n = 123; 70%), abuse of caffeine (n = 91; 52%) and are prone to road accidents (n = 54; 31%).

Conclusion: Nurses who work and study part-time need support from their employers and families. Employers should grant study leave as a way of support.


Keywords

health; safety; stress; fatigue; multitasking; workload; personal development

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