AbstractBackground and Purpose:
Research has revealed nurses' perception that traditional workload measures do not adequately capture the complexity of workload. Using a human factors approach to address the multiple and complex dimensions from the subjective perception of the worker, the Subjective Workload Assessment for Nurses (SWAN) was developed.Methods:
Survey data from 188 medical-surgical registered nurses were used to establish the instrument's psychometric properties.Results:
SWAN Sections 1, 2, and 3; General Information Form Section 1; and the Nursing Texas Load Index demonstrated internal consistency with this sample. Findings supported interrelationships between activity complexity, performance circumstances, and individual characteristics described in the literature.Conclusion:
Further study is needed to refine the SWAN and to establish psychometric properties with nurses in other practice areas.