Stress i arbejdslivet. Sygeplejerskens oplevelse af vejen tilbage til arbejdspladsen.

Gitte Christensen, Line Brandt Nørreslet & Malene Bergh

Studenteropgave: Masterprojekt



Title of this study: Stress in working life. -nurses experiences when returning to work.
Sick leave due to stress is considered an increasing problem in the working life.
The thesis of this project was to describe and understand how nurses experienced both the process of being sick-listed with stress, and how they experienced their process of returning to work.
Theoretically we were inspired by Aaron Antonovskys theories of health and illness, and his term ´sense of coherence´ and salutogenesis, furthermore we were also inspired by the concept of empowerment. The thesis applied qualitative research consisting of three interviews from 3 nurses, whom were all sick-listed with stress from the same workplace. In our analysis we phrased 3 analytical perspectives to illuminate each of the 3 nurses experiences. These three perspectives focused on; how the nurses experienced being stress-sick, how they used resources to empower themselves in the recovering- and returning to work process, and how they experienced receiving collective resources from both their colleagues and leader when returning to their workplace.
Our results showed that each nurse had an individual experience of being sick-listed with stress, and that their different perspectives of meaningfulness and influence, had severe impact on how they mobilised and used their own resources in their recovery process. We also found that the accept and social support from both colleagues and leader at the workplace, were very important when returning to work after being sick-listed with stress. Finally our results lead us to the conclusion, that the leaders role is essential for the whole experience, when an employee gets sick-listed with stress. A nurse, who get sick-listed with stress, and has a leader, who acknowledges the nurses needs and provides her with support and opportunities, is more likely to have a positive experience when returning to work.

UddannelserMaster i Sundhedsfremme (MSF), (Masteruddannelse) Master
Udgivelsesdato26 maj 2019
Antal sider59
VejledereAne Moltke


  • Stress
  • sygeplejersker
  • Antonovsky
  • empowerment
  • arbejdsliv