Work Loads Of Nursing Professionals In Hospital Services For Mental Health

  • Yanna Gomes de Sousa
  • Soraya Maria de Medeiros
  • Sandra Michelle Bessa de Andrade Fernandes
  • Jonas Sami Albuquerque de Oliveira
  • Milva Maria Figueiredo de Martino


Objective: To identify the available evidence in the literature on the workloads and their impact on the safety of patients in mental distress


Method: This is an integrative literature review in the databases LILACS, CINAHL, SCOPUS (Elsevier), PUBMED, ScienceDirect (Elsevier), Web of Science (Main Collection - Thomson Reuters Scientific), available in full in electronic media between January and March 2016 using the descriptors “nursing staff”, “health worker”, “workloads” and “mental health services” reaching the final sample of 08 articles.


Results: The following workloads in mental health services were identified: biological, physical, physiological, mechanical and psychological burden, such causing emotional distress of professionals, accidents and health problems directly on the quality of care and safety of psychiatric patients.


Conclusion: From this study, it is observed the need of a better attention to the existing working conditions in mental health services, searching for solutions that provide occupational health and safety for workers.


Oct 1, 2016
How to Cite
DE SOUSA, Yanna Gomes et al. Work Loads Of Nursing Professionals In Hospital Services For Mental Health. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 9, oct. 2016. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 17 sep. 2021. doi:
Psychiatry & Mental Health


Nursing team; Worker´s health; Workloads; Mental health services.

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