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A qualitative analysis of the Three Good Things intervention in healthcare workers
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    A high workload is a heavy workload
    • Rabindranath Singh, Instructor UWI School of Nursing, University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago

    Letter to the Editor

    Topic: A high workload is a heavy workload

    I was quite interested to read that Rippstein-Leuenbergeret al., (2017), made reference to ‘high workload’ as an area that is very stressful for nurses. High workload may be regarded as ‘the ratio of nurses to the number of patients’ (Carayon & Gurses, 2008), and ‘the number of nursing interventions related to direct patient care’ (Lee et al., 2017).
    As a registered nurse with over 20 years of experience working in Emergency rooms in hospitals both in England and the United States, and teaching, I am able to relate to the highly stressful work areas experienced by nurses working not only in Intensive Care Units but also in other areas as well . In my experiences, nurses typically made references to ‘heavy workload’ to also describe high nurse to patient ratios, compared to ‘high workload’ as used by the above authors.
    According to Carlesi et al.,(2017), and Lee et al., (2017), ‘high workload’ and ‘heavy workload’ (Kendall-Raynor, 2011; Hakonsen et al., 2010) are used in studies to refer to the same thing. In fact, Carayon and Gurses (2008) used both terms in their study.
    It is my humble suggestion, therefore, that as both ‘high workload’ and ‘heavy workload’ are terms that can, and have been, used interchangeably to mean the same thing, this letter should be amended to the above study to allay any misconception that may arise from future readership.

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